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The only national higher education diversity award
Insight: Into Diversity - Higher Education Award - Excellence in Diversity - 2015
Insight: Into Diversity and Health Professions - Higher Education Award - Excellence in Diversity - 2018
TaShara Bailey’s professional career is dedicated to increasing institutional diversity among administrators, faculty, staff, and students. She specializes in program evaluation and assessment of diversity initiatives spearheaded by those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics including business (STEM-B).
During her 17-year tenure as a scholar-practitioner in higher education, Bailey has championed organizational change in areas of diversity and inclusion by focusing on broadening STEM-B participation of historically under-represented groups. As a strategic leader, Bailey has demonstrated a clear passion for the advancement of program evaluation of interventions designed to diversify the scientific and technological workforce. Her extensive experience with diversity initiatives in institutions of higher learning includes teaching, academic advising, retention programs, and alumni relations.
In addition, Bailey has worked collaboratively with cross-functional teams in elementary and secondary schools, with community organizations, nonprofit medical research organizations, and governmental agencies. Considering her experience during her undergraduate and graduate education, she has more than a decade of involvement in successful recruitment, retention enrollment management, and strategic planning. During these years, she was involved in the administration of summer programs, staff management, program evaluation and assessment, research and analysis, and coaching. Throughout, her focus has been on implementing STEM-B interventions for diverse populations.
In Maryland, Bailey has been actively engaged in and supported by the NIH-sponsored MARC U*STAR program and NSF-sponsored LSAMP program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and UMBC's Meyerhoff Scholars Program. She was the NSF-sponsored USM’s PROMISE AGEP-T STEM Postdoctoral Fellow at the UMBC and Coppin State University in the Department of Psychology. As a fellow, she also actively participated in the formative and summative assessments of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-funded Meyerhoff Adaptation Program. While at the University of Michigan she was an engaged administrator and researcher in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program in the College of Engineering, the Diversity Research and Policy Program in the National Center for Institutional Diversity, the LEAD Summer Business Institute in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and numerous diversity initiatives for undergraduates, graduates, and alumni sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School.
Bailey is a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., and a proud alumna of the Grand Rapids public schools. She pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she earned a PhD in higher education with a concentration in organizational behavior and management as well as a master’s degree in education studies with elementary teacher certification. Bailey earned a BS degree, cum laude, in agricultural and biosystems engineering with waste management certification from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.