GOOD NEWS: TTUHSC Appoints New Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has appointed Jody C. Randall as the new vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Randall is currently the founding director of the Office of LGBTQIA Education and Engagement and an adjunct speaker for Women and Gender Studies at TTU. Randall is an experienced leader in facilitating change and promoting inclusion through the development and implementation of programs and services. As a passionate, action-oriented advocate and educator, Randall’s efforts have helped TTU be named one of Campus Pride’s âBest of the Bestâ LGBTQ-friendly Colleges and Universities nationwide.
TTUHSC President Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D., said this position will be responsible for overseeing and strategically managing TTUHSC’s efforts to strengthen our diverse and inclusive university community. Randall’s new role will foster a learning and working environment that encourages and supports diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the TTUHSC community, consistent with the values-based culture of the university.
A health research institution should be one where diversity of thought converges with academic excellence, âsaid Rice-Spearman. âHaving someone with the experience and expertise that Jody brings will further enhance our conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DCI) and advance the TTUHSC community as a representative of the population of individuals that we are here to serve. Jody is also very connected to the DCI higher education community, and I have every confidence that her reach will be of great benefit throughout the TTUHSC business and our sphere of influence in healthcare.
Randall is active in leading the Gender and Sexuality Leadership Team for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She is President of the Jim Collins Foundation and Vice President of Texas Pride Impact Funds. Previously, she served on the board of directors of the Equality Federation Education Fund, Heartland CARES, Inc., the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, and the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrations.
Randall received a BA in Integrated Studies in Social Services and an MA in Human Development and Leadership from Murray State University. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Education in Leadership and Learning in Organizations at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.
She received the TTU President’s Excellence in Gender Equity Award in 2020 and an Inclusive Excellence Award in 2019. She received the President’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion in 2013 at Murray State University where she worked before joining TTU.
Randall will assume her role as Vice President on January 1, 2022.