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Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Crystal Bedley is the senior director for inclusion and faculty diversity. She is responsible for leading strategic efforts to nurture faculty diversity, build the capacity of academic leaders, and equip whole departments to effectively negotiate the range of differences present in a compositionally diverse community. Dr. Bedley integrates faculty diversity and diversity education efforts to develop and sustain an inclusive academic culture at Rutgers–New Brunswick. She oversees the Tyler Clementi Center for Diversity Education and Bias Prevention, ensuring that educational programming and initiatives improve cultural competence, reduce bias, and promote understanding and engagement on diversity and bias prevention issues to enable an inclusive community. 

Dr. Bedley comes to this role with 15+ years of experience in organizational and whole system transformation to foster inclusion, retention, and success for marginalized and historically disadvantaged populations in higher education, investing much of her career to advance women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Having worked on and led NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation projects, she promotes transformation by building innovative, strategic, and sustainable initiatives, adapting and implementing promising practices from industry to higher education, translating scholarship into practice, fostering cross-institutional and intradepartmental collaborations, engaging and developing leaders, and assessing impact.  Dr. Bedley, a McNair alumna, earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University.