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Edward Pittman

Dr. Edward Pittman is a higher education dean with more than 30 years experience. He is currently the Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity at Vassar College where he has directed major diversity initiatives, dialogue projects, and student engagement programs such as the Vassar First Year Program and the annual All College Day. He is the founding Director of Vassar’s ALANA Cultural Center (1990) and he has supervised center administrators for the past seventeen years, along with international student services, religious and spiritual life, LGBTQ resources, and the Bias Incident Response Team.  He led Vassar’s Ford Foundation Curriculum Diversity Initiative as well as numerous campus assessments and campus-wide committees on diversity and student development. Prior to his positions at Vassar, Pittman was an admissions and student retention coordinator at Dutchess Community College at the State University of New York (SUNY) where he was also an adjunct lecturer in racial/ethnic relations and behavioral sciences. Dr. Pittman has authored several articles on diversity, equity and inclusion such as: Behind Ivory Towers and Stone Walls: Racial Climate and Black Students at a Selective Liberal Arts College, Cultural Centers on Predominantly White Campuses, The Academic Impact Cultural Centers on Campus, and Promoting a Multicultural Campus.

His research interests include race relations, multicultural education, dialogue engagement, and racial climate on college campuses. Pittman is a founding member and past Chair of the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS), a consortia of selective liberal arts colleges established in 2000. In 2003 and 2006 Pittman chaired the CHAS campus climate survey projects. He has also coordinated campus safety consultations for the consortium as well as similar trainings for Vassar College. Dr. Pittman also served on the Advisory Committee for the report on Black Male Student Success in Higher Education (2012), published by Dr. Shaun Harper and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. He also traveled to Kazakhstan with Penn’s Graduate School of Education to research and develop plans for a student services division at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. As a consultant, he has worked with numerous colleges and non-profit organizations.

Pittman holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in multicultural education from SUNY New Paltz, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Vassar College.

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