Dr. Kimberly Barrett is an accomplished diversity professional with significant experience as a consultant and executive working to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for businesses, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations. She approaches this critical work with a framework that is evidence based, strat
Dr. Kimberly Barrett is an accomplished diversity professional with significant experience as a consultant and executive working to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for businesses, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations. She approaches this critical work with a framework that is evidence based, strategic and compassionate. Her focus is on strengthening relationships, capacity building and fostering accountability.
Dr. Barrett has held several executive positions in higher education. Some of them include Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement and Vice President for Student Affairs. Her leadership helped universities receive a number of awards including a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the Dayton Unit NAACP Community Outreach Award, and the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation among several others.
Her experience in higher education included working effectively with a variety of stakeholders including employees, students, governing boards, local businesses and community groups to promote learning, diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion.
In addition to senior level positions she held, she has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, published in professional journals and newspapers, and served as a diversity consultant. Some recent clients included 4imprint, the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, The Rippel Foundation, Miron Construction and Trent University in Ontario Canada.
Dr. Barrett has been active in a variety of boards and community organizations working to promote social and economic justice and the arts. Some of these included the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Dayton, Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs in Appleton, Wisconsin, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass. In addition, she also served as co-chair of the Belonging Committee of Imagine Fox Cities, a regional visioning initiative. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for United Way Fox Cities and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Barrett was born and raised in Columbia, S.C.
She enjoys meditation, yoga, writing , trying new hobbies, entertaining in her home and spending time with family and friends.
Kimberly Barrett has graduate degrees in clinical psychology and higher education from Murray State University and Southern Illinois University- Carbondale respectively. Her honors include, among others, being the recipient of the Diversity FIRST Award from the National Diversity Council and the Unsung Hero Award from Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities.