Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden is the first Chief Diversity Officer Associate & Vice President at the University of Maryland, College Park. Formerly, she served as Associate Provost for International-Multicultural Initiatives at Alliant International University, as Professor and Coordinator of the Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology Emphasis Area at the Los Angeles campus of the California School of Professional Psychology, and a Director of the student counseling center at The Claremont Colleges.
She is the co-author of Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, which is a winner of the 2004 American Book Awards. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Shorter-Gooden has presented and published on African American women and identity, psychotherapy with diverse populations, and multicultural and diversity issues in higher education. She is also a licensed psychologist who has had a clinical and consultation practice. Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Shorter-Gooden was one of two Black girls to integrate the Madeira School, and she received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Princeton University with its first class of women. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park.
The CDO is the University’s chief equity officer and primary spokesperson on diversity issues. The CDO sits on the President’s cabinet and chairs both the Equity Council and the Diversity Advisory Council.