Dr. Damon Williams

Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Damon A. Williams is the consummate scholar/administrator/thought leader. Having worked with, consulted, or spoke at over 200 organizations he is widely considered one of the nations most dynamic and innovative thinkers in the areas of diversity and inclusion management, with a specific focus on college and university environments.

His research on chief diversity officers and inclusive excellence have been featured in publications like About Campus, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Diversity Factor, Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Magazine, the Journal of College and University Human Resource Professionals, Inside Higher Education, and others.

His recently published monograph on chief diversity officers, “The Chief Diversity Officer: A Primer for Presidential Leadership” was sponsored by the nation’s largest higher education policy organization and mailed directly to nearly 2000 college and university presidents.

His research on dedicated diversity capacity has crossed into the corporate sector. His much anticipated book, the Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management with Dr. Katrina Wade-Golden, is expected to have great impact on diversity and inclusion efforts across all areas of organizational life as they explicate the best practices and strategies of CDOs in the higher education, government, and corporate sectors.