B. Afeni McNeely Cobham
Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a native of Brooklyn, New York, began her tenure as the Associate Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion on December 1, 2015. Afeni develops, implements, and assesses a comprehensive range of programs, workshops and training related to diversity. She also plays a major role in revising the College’s Bias Protocol process and coordinates the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. In addition, she oversees all relevant Affirmative Action policies and procedures for the College.
Afeni has worked in higher education for twenty-five years as a faculty member and administrator. She is an alumnus of Marist College (B.A.), the University of Georgia (M.Ed.) and Indiana University (M.A., Ph.D.). Afeni’s research, teaching and activist agenda focuses on multicultural competence in education, identity development of college students, career self-efficacy among black women faculty, and pedagogical practices that use Hip Hop culture to explore and address institutionalized socio-economic and racial oppression. She is the curator of the Sankofa Lecture Series, an annual conference that situates the pedagogy and influence of Hip Hop as a site of cultural literacy, identity formation, and tool for innovative and effective teaching.
Her published work has been included in the New Directions for Student Services volume “Responding to the Realities of Race on Campus,” the textbook “Multiculturalism on Campus: Theory, Models, and Practices for Understanding Diversity and Creating Inclusion,” and the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education. Most recently, she co-authored an online textbook titled “The Struggle Continues: Historical & Contemporary Issues in Africana Studies.”