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Sharon Parker, PhD, Education

Sharon Parker

University of Aukland, Aukland, NZ


Sharon Parker, Ph. D. Education, University of Aukland, Aukland, NZ




4914 Grand Fir Lane

Olympia, WA 98502

Telephone: 360/866-2050

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Olympia, Washington

Work: University of Washington Tacoma

1900 Commerce Street

Tacoma, WA 98402

Telephone: 253/692-4861


Dr. Parker has spent the majority of her 30-year professional career in public administration addressing issues of social justice and equity. She is currently the Assistant Chancellor for Equity and Diversity at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT). There she has responsibility for all diversity and equity policies and practices for the campus. Prior to joining UWT, Dr. Parker was a national diversity practitioner, consultant and researcher. As part of that work, Dr. Parker served as a Principal Investigator for the six-year Campus Diversity Initiative (CDI) Evaluation Resource Project based at Claremont Graduate University in southern California. During her career, Dr. Parker's service included work in higher education institutions, where she led initiatives on diversity and social responsibility; non-profit advocacy organizations, such as the National Institute for Women of Color, the National Commission on Working Women, and the American Institute for Managing Diversity; and independent consulting. She is a USA citizen of Native American (Susquehama, Tslagi) and African American heritage.




Ph.D., University of Auckland, School of Education, Auckland, New Zealand.
September 2007
: Diversity as Praxis for Institutional Transformation

M.Ed.   Bilingual Education (Spanish/English). Antioch raduate School of Education, Washington, D.C. 1974.

B.A.   Slavic Languages (Russian).
University of California at Los Angeles. 1970.

Special Study. "Strategies for Cross-Cultural Communications in the New Information Age: Continuity, Change and Innovation", SIETAR     International Conference, 1992.

"The Politics of Leadership", Institute for Public Service, Washington, D.C., 1984.

Grass Roots Fundraising Seminar, Joan Flanagan Inc., Richmond, VA, 1983.

Management Training Seminar, Hunter College Life‑Long Learning Center, Washington, D.C. 1979.

Language Study (15‑week Intensive Program), Antioch College and the U.S.S.R. 1968.  Semester Abroad Instituto Psiquiatrico Infantil, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1967.



External Scholar, Intercultural Open University Foundation, 2008-Present

Assistant Chancellor for Equity and Diversity, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, 2/07 - present.  Advisor to Chancellor and senior leadership on diversity and equity issues; major responsibility for university leadership on institutionalization of policies and practices support diversity and equity.

Visiting Scholar, Claremont Graduate University, School of Educational Studies, Claremont, CA., 9/01- 5/06.  Major focus is evaluation research project on California Campus Diversity Initiatives funded by the Irvine Foundation.

Resource Faculty, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, 9/01 - present.  Lecturer on diversity: developing, planning, implementing, and assessing strategic initiatives.

President. American Institute for Managing Diversity (AIMD), Atlanta, Georgia, 3/97 - 3/00.  Leadership of Institute and consultation with partnering organizations on culture audit, diversity research, and strategic initiatives

Director, Social Responsibility Programs, Office for Social Responsibility, The Union Institute, Washington, D.C., 5/94 -5/96.  Development of programs for social responsibility, particular focus on educational diversity issues.

Director, Office for Multicultural Development and Senior Associate Provost. Office of the President, Stanford University. Stanford, CA. 9/90 - 5/93.  Implemented strategic university initiative on diversity; conducted second annual audit of diversity initiative.

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC).  Washington, D.C. 1/81 ‑ 3/92.  Leadership of organization defining diversity and identifying policy research areas in diversity arena.

Washington Representative. Girls Clubs of America, Inc. (GCA).  Washington, D.C. 9/86 ‑ 8/90.  Tracked public policy issues impacting girls and young women, disaggregated by race/ethnicity.

Executive Director. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Washington, D.C. 6/85 ‑ 3/86.

Consultant.  Self‑employed.  Washington, D.C. 7/81 ‑ 12/84.

Major activities included: Team Teaching in program titled "Management Training for Women;" and serving as Seminar Coordinator for American Indian National Bank and other Native American organizations engaging in economic development conferences.

Program Analyst.  D.C. Office of Personnel, Bureau of Classification and Compensation.  Washington, D.C. 1/81‑ 6/81.

Assistant Director.  National Commission on Working Women.  Washington, D.C. 9/77 ‑  6/80.

Fluent in Spanish; working knowledge of Russian.





National Council member. The Wilderness Society. 6/96 - Spring 2008.

Chair, Coordinating Council.  Diversity Leadership Forum. 3/02 - 2005.

(Previously Co-Chair, 3/00 -3/02 and Member, Organizing Task Force and Steering Committee. 1/97 - 3/00.)

Board member. The Georgia Conservancy.  12/99 - 6/00.

Advisory Board member. Hope in the Cities, a grass-roots organization promoting cross‑racial communication and healing.  6/95 - 6/00.

Advisory Committee member. American Council on Education's Office for Women and the Mary Robertson Smith Scholars Council. 9/94 -6/97.

Steering Panel member. National Association for Women in Education Conference for Young Women Student Leaders.  9/95 - 6/97.

Chair, Board of Directors (and Chief Executive Officer).  National Institute for Women of Color.  1/81 ‑ 3/92.

Chair, Board of Directors.  Women For Meaningful Summits    USA.  Spring 1988 - 6/90.

Member. National Advisory Committee, Gender-Free Insurance Project. 4/89 - 8/90.

Member. National Center for Policy Alternatives Advisory Committee, Women's Economic Development Roundtable Chair. 4/88 - 8/90.

Member. Steering Panel on Financing the Nonprofit Sector, to the Institute for Public Policy and Administration, Union of Experimenting Colleges and Universities (UECU).  3/89 - 7/90.

Member. National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Board of Directors. 5/88 - 6/90.

Member. National Advisory Committee, Institute for Women's Policy Research. 3/88 - 11/89.

Member.  D.C. Private Industry Council Board of Directors, Women's Community representative; Chair, Communications Committee.  2/81 ‑ 6/85.

Member. Women's Legal Defense Fund Board of Directors, 1982‑ 1986; Board Liaison to My Sister's Place, a shelter for battered women; Board representative to the Executive Committee.

Member.  Older Women's League (OWL) Board of Directors; Board Personnel Committee; Board Secretary. 11/84 ‑ 85.

Member.  Women of Color Task Force, 14th National Women and the Law Conference.  9/82 ‑ 4/83.

Member.  Women's Legal Referral System Advisory Board. 3/83 ‑ 10/83.

Member.  Black Women's Agenda, D.C. Council, Program Co‑chair.  9/80 ‑ 6/82.

Member.  Original Steering Committee, National Committee on Pay Equity; Chair, Education and Legislation.  Washington, D.C. 4/79 ‑ 1/81.

Interim Chair and Member.  National Minority Women's Committee, National Organization for Women.  9/77 ‑ 1/80.

Chapter Representative.  Fifty‑first State Council (DC), National Organization for Women.  1979 ‑ 1980.

Member.  National NOW Conference Planning Committee. 1979.

Member.  New Mexico Women's Conference for International Women's Decade (Historical and Cultural, Nominations, and Awards Committees).  1977.

Founder and Lobbyist.  New Mexico Displaced Homemaker Coalition. Albuquerque, NM.  1975 ‑ 1977



2001.   Recognition obelisk for service to the Leadership Committee of the Independent Sector, Washington, D.C.

2000.   Secretary's Certificate of Appreciation for Contributions to the First Diversity Conference of the Maryland Department of Transportation.

1990.   Commemorative Plaque for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Public Support of the 1990 Decennial Census, Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census.

1989.   Commemorative Plaque for Outstanding Leadership of the National Institute for Women of Color, Washington, D.

1986.   Certificate of Appreciation, District of Columbia Private Industry Council.

1984.    Essence Award for Outstanding Leadership on behalf of the National Institute for Women of Color, accompanied by $1000.00; New York City.



2003, 2005, 2006.  Establishing contacts with Maori people and organizations in New Zealand as part of study on institutional transformation.

1992. Participant in SIETAR International Conference on Diversity and Intercultural Relations; Jamaica.

1989.  Pre-conference arrangements meeting with National Council of Women of Papua New Guinea; Port Moresby, PNG.

1988.  USA-USSR Summit Meeting; Women For Meaningful Summits peace mission. Moscow, USSR.

1985.  End‑Decade International Women's Conference, NGO Forum; Nairobi, Kenya.

1984.  Fact‑finding tour of Nicaragua with independent women's group.

1980.  Working Women tour of Panama City, Panama; Bogota, Colombia; Lima, Peru; and Caracas, Venezuela.



Institute for a Work in Progress: Building the Institutional Capacity for Diversity; presentation with Jose Moreno at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), San Diego, CA; May 2009.

"Evaluation and Assessment: "How do we know we did it and how do we measure it?" presenter at Board of Directors retreat, Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, WA; October 2008.

Campus Equity and Engagement, keynote presenter, Washington Center for Higher Education, February 2008.

Making a Real Difference with Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change; second author with Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, Daryl G. Smith, Jose F. Moreno, and Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi; Association of American Colleges and Universities,  Washington, D.C.; 2007.

"Focus on the Campus Diversity Initiative (CDI): What Was It and How Does It Relate to the HECB Strategic Plan and Diversity?" Higher Education Coordinating Board meeting, July 2007.

"Lessons Learned from a Multi-Campus Diversity Initiative on Monitoring Progress Toward Excellence and Diversity," NCORE workshop, 5/2007.

"Building Capacity: A Study of the Impact of The James Irvine Foundation Campus Diversity Initiative: Final Report and Promising Practices form the CDI Evaluation Project;" Daryl Smith, Sharon Parker, Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Jose Moreno, Daniel Teraguchi; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA; 3/2007.

"Using a Framework to Advance Institutional Learning about Diversity: Lessons Learned from the Irvine Campus Diversity Initiative," keynote presentation to the Tennesee Board of Regents, November 2006.

"The Use of Evaluation & Organizational Learning for Effective Diversity Initiatives: Lessons Learned from a Multi-Campus Diversity Initiative," Diversity and Learning Conference workshop, Association of American Colleges and Universities, October 2006.

"Using Multiple Lenses: An Examination of the Economic and Racial/Ethnic Diversity of College Students: An Analysis from the Campus Diversity Initiative;" Jose Moreno, Daryl Smith, Sharon Parker, Alma Clalyton-Pedersen, Daniel Teraguchi; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA; July 2006.

"The Revolving Door for Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Higher Education: An Analysis form the Campus Diversity Initiative;" Jose Moreno, Daryl Smith, Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Sharon Parker, Daniel Teraguchi; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA; April 2006.

"Unknown Students on College Campuses: An Exploratory Analysis;" Daryl Smith, Jose Moreno, Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Sharon Parker, and Daniel H. Teraguchi; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA;  December 2005.

"Organizational Learning: A Tool for Diversity and Institutional Effectiveness;" Daryl G. Smith and Sharon Parker; New Directions for Higher Education: Organizational Learning in Higher Education, No. 131, Fall 2005; Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.

"Using a Framework to Advance Insitutional Learning about Diversity," AERA Annual Meeting, 4/2004.

"Building Capacity for Diversity," panel presentation with Dr. Jose Moreno to the AERA Annual Meeting, session 43.039; 4/23/2003.

"Educational Effectiveness: Diversity and the Culture of Evidence," joint keynote presentation with Dr. Daryl Smith to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Annual Conference, 4/10/03.

"Engaging in Diversity Work," keynote presentation to University retreat, California Lutheran University, 1/15/03.

"Why Diversity Is Essential to the Environmental Movement," keynote presentation to the Northwest Wilderness Conference, 5/3/02.

"Getting the Big Picture on Diversity," keynote presentation to the Lyle Fellowship; CA; 10/19/02.

"Creating Webs of Support: A Look at the Compact for Faculty Diversity;" joint presentation with Dr. Daryl Smith at the Seventh Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, 10/2000.

Keynote on diversity; faculty retreat, Dominican University of California; 8/2000.

"We Are Inter-Connected," keynote presentation to the First Diversity Conference of the Maryland Department of Transportation, 6/2000.

"The Power of Myth," Diversity Day keynote presentation to the Environmental Protection Administration Regional Office, 8/99.

"Winning At Diversity," feature in Working Woman Magazine, 3/99.

Featured mentoring model in The WoMentor Guide: Leadership for the New Millennium, by Washington and Scott, 1999.

"Community,"  Women's Encyclopedia, Simon and Schuster;1999.

"Building Bridges Between Races, Gender, And Cultures," keynote presentation to the Industry Liaison Group national conference, 10/98.

"Why Diversifying Is Not the Same As Managing Diversity," article in Dollars & Sense Annual Report, published by the Killimanjaro International Communications Group Ltd., 2/98.

"Racism in the Women's Movement," an introduction to the Readers Companion on Women's History, co-authored with Jaime Grant, Houghton & Mifflin, 1998.

"Empowerment and Social Responsibility: The Academy's Role," presentation at the One-Third of a Nation Conference sponsored by the American Council on Education; Kansas City, MO; October 1995.

"Reparations for African Americans," discussant on Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio Live Talk Show; July 1995.

"Whose Contract? Whose America? Shaping the Future for Women & Girls", panel presentation at Annual Conference of National Council for Research on Women; Washington, D.C., June 1995.

"Taking Responsibility for a Multicultural Society," presentation at the Fifth National Conference of the National Association of Multicultural Educators; Washington, D.C. February 1995.

"Reparations for African Americans -- An Essay in Response to Richard America,"  Poverty Research Action Council, Newsletter, Fall 1994.

"Critical Conversations", a capacity-building workshop for multicultural development, presented jointly with Dr. Joyce King, at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and the American Council on Education, 1991-1992.

"The Politics of Diversification: Enhancing the Role of the Affirmative Action Officer", presentation at faculty workshop, Women's Studies Program of the Claremont Colleges, September 1992.

"Diversity Issues in Professional & Graduate Education", panel presentation at 5th Annual National Conference on Racial & Ethnic Relations in American Higher Education, June 1992.

"Multiculturalism: A Fresh Look at the Emperor's New Clothes", address to the Junior League of San Francisco, February 1992.

"Honoring Our Ancestors", keynote address of Women of Color Day Celebration, California State University at Sacramento, March 1, 1991.

"Lives Which Inspire", keynote address for Outstanding Women of Color Awards Program, Mid-Peninsula YWCA, Palo Alto, California, March 6, 1991.

"Are Demographics Destiny? The Politics of Multiculturalism", address to Santa Clara Chapter of the Commonwealth Club, Palo Alto, California, April 1991.

"Women's Issues--Locally and Nationally", presentation to the Women's Caucus of the Legislative Electoral Action Programs, Hartford, Connecticut.  April 1989.

"Reaching Out With Your Message", plenary panel presentation to the 35th Biennial Convention of AAUW, Washington, D.C.  June 1989.

"Racism and Sexism: The Double Bind", presentation to special conference of the American Federation of Teachers, Washington, D.C.  October 1989.

"Towards a Woman's Agenda: National Perspectives", luncheon address to Second Annual Women's Agenda Convention, Harrisburg, PA.  May 1987.

"Sisterhood is Global", keynote address to Sisterhood is Global International Women's Conference, sponsored by Pennsylvania State University. Nov. 1986.

"Cultural Diversity Within the U. S.", panel facilitator, "Equity 2000: Meeting the Nairobi Challenge", a con­ference of the American Association for University Women. October 1986.

"Being an Activist for Women of Color", seminar presentation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. October 1986.

"Women of Color and Feminism", seminar presentation, Georgetown University Women's Law and Public Policy Program. July 1986.

"Domestic Conflict Mediation", resource panel member, working conference of the American Bar Association. Feb. 1986.

"Renewal and Regeneration: The Battered Women's Movement", keynote address to Northern California State Coalition for Shelters and Services. Sacramento, CA. November 1985.

"Creating Awareness and Sharing Responsibility", keynote address, Washington, DC area conference in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Week.  October 1985.  "Political Issues for Women of Color", presentation to the annual meeting of the D.C. Branch of the YWCA. December 1984.

"Women of Color and the American Political Process", presentation to the 15th National Training Program of Federally Employed Women.  July 12, 1984.

"Influencing Public Policy on Women's Issues", presentation to Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University.  November 1983.

"Networking Among Women of Color", presentation to the 11th Annual National Conference of Puerto Rican Women.  October 1983.

"Broadening the Ties: Strengthening Ties with Minority Women", workshop presentation to Women's Equity Action League conference.  April 30, 1983.

"Employment Issues for Women of Color", workshop presentation to annual conference of Wider Opportunities for Women Inc.  February 1982.

"Promoting Hispanic Issues through Women of Color Networks", workshop presentation to annual training conference of the Mexican American Women's National Association.  August 1982.

"Dynamics of Racial and Ethnic Relationships in the Work  Place", workshop presentation to U.S. Dept. of  Agriculture Federal Women's Week Program.  May 1981.

"The Equal Rights Amendment", presentation to the Eastern Branch of the Kiwanis Club.  August 1981.

"Working Women Speak Out!", presentation to Women and Work Speak Out sponsored by coalition of Maine women's groups. March 1980.

"Challenges and Opportunities in the World of Work", presentation to North Carolina Vocational Teachers Conference.  August 1980.

"EEO in the Decade Ahead", panel presentation to annual conference of equal employment and affirmative action officers of American Telephone & Telegraph Co.  October 1979.

Testimony on "Comparable Worth and Women of Color" presented to the U.S. House Committee on Administration in behalf of the National Institute for Women of Color.  June 1984.

"The Economic Status of Women: Closing Gaps", an article in the CALC Report of Clergy and Laity Concerned.  April/May 1984.

"ERA: A Defeat for Women of Color", an essay written with Dr. Veronica Collazo.  Fall 1982.