Dr. Thomas Witherspoon recently transitioned to North Carolina State University, where he works in the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity as the Senior Director of Campus Community Centers. Previously, he served as the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, where he worked with the Office of the Provost, Dean of Students, and other senior leaders to promote an inclusive learning community. He supports students, faculty, and staff in building capacity for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging both on campus and in the greater community. As an educator with over 15 years of experience in administration, advocacy, and facilitation, Thomas pride himself on being a first-generation college graduate. Thomas has received prestigious fellowships from The College Board and Pahara NextGen. Thomas holds a Doctorate of Education from New England College, a Masters of Art in Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Denison University.
Dr. Thomas Witherspoon’s research focuses on the achievement of low-income men of color in historically and majority white-dominated spaces. He utilizes narrative analysis and inclusive pedagogy to interrogate policies, practices, and success in higher education.