The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity will welcome Stephanie Helms Pickett as its new associate vice provost for diversity engagement, training and education on Monday, November 19, 2018.
Helms Pickett holds a bachelor’s degree in radio and television broadcasting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a master’s and doctorate in higher education administration from NC State University. She has worked at private, public, single-sex, predominantly white and historically black institutions of higher education, in residence life, commuter life, multicultural affairs, orientation, leadership, international student affairs, disability services, academic support services and as an education consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Over the last 12 years, Helms Pickett has served as the director of assessment and professional development, as well as director of the Women’s Center in the Division of Student Affairs at Duke University. She has held faculty appointments at Bennett College for Women, Walden University, Duke University and Grand Canyon University.
Her research interests include higher education policy, women’s engagement, cultural competency and leadership. She serves as board president of the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women, which engages in preparing incarcerated women for reentry. She is a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and is the author of three books, Later Never Came Until Now, Her Name Is SHE and Worshipper in the Workplace. She also writes a weekly blog at drhelmspickett.com.