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Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown imageAtiya Stokes-Brown, Ph.D.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As the vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, Atiya Stokes-Brown serves as CCU’s first diversity, equity and inclusion officer.  The chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer guides efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture and cultivate diversity and inclusion as an institutional resource. By collaborating across campus and with surrounding communities, Stokes-Brown oversees the implementation of strategies that advance accessibility, inclusion and diversity as key parts of the institution’s strategic plan. She also provides administrative supervision for Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services and Accessibility and Disability Services.

A dynamic leader with 15 years of experience teaching and conducting research at the university level, Stokes-Brown has worked collaboratively in numerous capacities across college and university communities, demonstrating strong academic and administrative leadership, and a deep passion for liberal arts education. Prior to serving in this role, Stokes-Brown served as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Bucknell University and held several administrative positions at the university including interim associate provost for diversity, faculty fellow in the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity, and assistant dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Drawn to academia by the desire to give back and help build inclusive communities, Stokes-Brown received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master's in political science from Temple University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with bachelor's degrees in politics and dance from Randolph-Macon Woman's College (currently known as Randolph College). Her teaching interests include American politics, racial/ethnic minority political behavior, Latino politics, women and politics, campaigns and elections, and congressional/state politics.

Stokes-Brown's scholarly publications broadly center on the political incorporation of women and racial/ethnic groups into the American political system, and issues of representation. She is the author of The Politics of Race in Latino Communities: Walking the Color Line (Routledge, 2012, 2014) and her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Politics, American Politics Research, Politics and Policy, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, Social Science Quarterly, National Political Science Review, and Political Research Quarterly. She is also the author of several peer-reviewed book chapters.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., and a graduate of the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Stokes-Brown resides in Myrtle Beach with her husband and four children.

Cassandra Boyd imageCassandra Boyd, Ed.D.

Program Manager

Cassandra Boyd is the program manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Coastal Carolina University. In her role as program manager, she serves as an institutional resource, promoting strategic diversity efforts by offering faculty and staff training tools to enhance their understanding of the major trends in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Boyd also explores diversity-centered recruitment and retention initiatives with campus and community partners to support an inclusive and dynamic learning environment.

Boyd's career in higher education encompasses more than 14 years of experience in various student affairs functional areas, including leadership and service, multicultural services, student success initiatives, food insecurity initiatives, and a women’s resource center. Prior to joining CCU, she served as both an administrator and a faculty member of communication and first-year experience at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas. At Lone Star College, Boyd was honored with Staff Excellence Awards and the 20/20 Cultural Beliefs Award. She held other positions within student affairs at Texas A&M at Galveston and Florida International University.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Savannah State University, her master’s degree in higher education administration from Florida International University, and her Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Sam Houston State University. She published chapters that included topics focused on the differences in the perceptions and uses of educational benefits for veterans as a function of race/ethnicity and gender in Exemplars of Conducting Archival Data Analyses: A Collection of K-12 and Higher Education Studies. Her areas of academic interest include access to higher education and inclusive excellence.

As the child of a military career father, Boyd is a world traveler. She has traveled and lived in South Korea, Germany, Tanzania, Spain, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates. She enjoys reading, exploring new cultures, and spending time with her family.