ODI Program Manager - Coastal Carolina University
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A photo of Dr. Cassandra Boyd who is the Program Manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Coastal Carolina University. Dr. 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. Dr. Boyd also explores diversity-centered recruitment and retention initiatives with campus and community partners to support an inclusive and dynamic learning environment.

Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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.