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ULM professor to lead Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Pamela Saulsberry
Dr. Pamela Saulsberry(ULM)
Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 4:58 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - President of the University of Louisiana Monroe Ronald Berry announced the appointment of Dr. Pamela Saulsberry as executive director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

According to a press release from the university, Saulsberry currently serves as the director of the ULM College of Business and Social Sciences School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and coordinator of the social work program.

The university says she is a lifelong supporter of the concepts the newly established office stands for. Saulsberry has held many positions including school social worker, a child protective social worker, a juvenile justice consultant, and a local, state, and national trainer on topics including diversity. She has also served on the school’s diversity committee.

Saulsberry says in her life experiences, she has experienced very few people who did not want to have the opportunity to self-actualize.

“As a social worker, I have been able to see firsthand what exclusion and marginalization does to individuals and society. In my life experiences, I have experienced very few people who did not want to have the opportunity to self-actualize. I don’t believe anyone wants to have their gifts, talents, and/or ambitions excluded or marginalized,” Saulsberry said.

“Historically, inclusion and equity have been the major challenge, diversity is a normal human condition. At ULM, we have the responsibility to ensure every person on this campus is treated with respect and appreciation and provided with the same opportunities,” she said.

Saulsberry says ULM will look inward, outward, and forward in our efforts to address issues of being inclusive.

“A university is the place to be a community leader in making inclusion and equity of human diversity the rule, not the exception. At ULM, we will look inward, outward, and forward in our efforts to address issues of being inclusive of diversity and doing so equitably,” she said.

Dr. Ronald Berry says he knows she will serve in this capacity with the same integrity which she has in the College of Business and Social Sciences for many years.

“Dr. Saulsberry understands the issues we must embrace as a university to create an inclusive environment of learning, working, and living. I know she will serve in this capacity with the same integrity which she has in the College of Business and Social Sciences for many years,” Berry said.

Saulsberry says this is a natural step forward in her career.

“We must reshape our perceptions and realize that diversity is and has always been a natural human state; an ongoing part of our daily lives. The challenge has always been how to make inclusion and equity natural parts as well. I began my career as a social worker because I enjoyed helping people, and the dignity and worth of every person is one of the core values and speaks to diversity,” Saulsberry said.

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