Dr Lisa M. Coleman is New York University’s (NYU) inaugural Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and in that role, serves as the institution’s Chief Diversity Officer. Reporting to the President, Dr Coleman works with Deans, internal stakeholders, external partners, and other constituents to advance, promote, and build capacity for strategic global inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging, and innovation across NYU’s New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi campuses, its thirteen other global sites, and numerous global centres. Prior to NYU, Dr Coleman served as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President at Harvard University from 2010 to 2017. During her tenure, she and her team developed and launched some of the first initiatives focused on the intersections of technology, disability, and access.
Dr Coleman’s scholarship was sparked by early professional and research experience including through her work with the Association of American Medical Colleges and Merrill Lynch Inc., and as an independent computer and analytics consultant with various for-profit organisations. Before NYU and Harvard, she directed the Africana program at Tufts University and was later appointed to serve as that institution’s first senior global inclusion and diversity executive, reporting to the President of the university and working with other C-Suite executives.
Dr Coleman has spent 20+ years working with numerous colleges and universities and for-profit and non-profit organizations on leadership, global inclusion and diversity, innovation, and technology initiatives. These efforts include, and are not limited to, collaborations with global stakeholders and university partners in New Zealand, South Africa, China, Thailand, UK, and Germany. Currently, Dr Coleman continues to advise and consult with C-Suite leaders globally and sits on various national and international boards. Her current research focuses on the intersections of innovation, inclusion, science and technology, art and humanities, data analytics, and digitization for diverse cultures globally.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, recognitions, and honours for her outstanding leadership and teaching efforts, and for her global work on diversity, inclusion, belonging, equity, and innovation. Dr Coleman earned her doctorate in Social and Cultural Analysis and American Studies from NYU, and three master’s degrees from the Ohio State University in African and African American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Communication Studies. Her undergraduate foci were sociology/anthropology and computer science.