Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Division of Equity and Inclusion

Yvette Alex-Assensoh

Vice President, Division of Equity and Inclusion
Professor, Political Science
Practice Areas: Political Behavior, Racial and Ethnic Politics, American Politics, Immigration (with an emphasis on West African immigrants)

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Yvette Alex-Assensoh is an academic expert in ethnic and racial politics, political behavior, West African immigration, equity, inclusion and diversity in higher education, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Alex-Assensoh leads the university’s equity and anti-racism strategic planning as well as implementation work. She has won outstanding research awards as well as secured funding from the National Science Foundation, American Council on Education, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (Ford Dissertation Fellowship), served as a Fulbright Scholar at University of Zagreb in Croatia and also led national professional committees focusing on issues of equity, diversity, teaching excellence and ethics. She is the author/co-author of five books, most recently co-authoring the book "Malcolm X and Africa." 

Recent Media:
Guest View: Marching forever, but going nowhere (The Register-Guard, June 7, 2020)
Eugene Black History: moving beyond a month’s celebration (The Register-Guard, Feb. 17, 2019)
Hiring a diversity officer is only the first step. Here are the next 7. (The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 7, 2018)
Flip the script (Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2018)
Voice of colleges and higher ed experts (University Business, Dec. 13, 2017)
What’s love got to do with it? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Sept. 7, 2017)
Practicing humility, from the top down (University Business, September 2017)
Getting to no (Inside Higher Education, March 29, 2017)
Don’t call it 'training' (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, February 2017)
University of Oregon plans for a new black cultural center (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, February 2017)
In tumultuous times, colleges can do what they do best (Chronicle of Higher Education, Commentary, Dec. 4, 2016)
University of Oregon creates a fund to promote diversity (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, July 2016)
Climate change (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 2016)
50 years of access in jeopardy (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, March 15, 2016)
Cross-cultural programs making an impact at UO (Jewish Life, Feb. 26, 2016)
The need for courageous dialogue in admissions (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 24, 2013)
40 years of Title IX: Leadership matters for women in academe (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 2012)