About the Staff
Director - Dean Stephanie Ray
Stephanie Ray is the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Diversity Programs at Georgia Tech. While at Georgia Tech, Dean Ray helped to initiate Womens Awareness Week, which led to the creation of the Women's Resource Center and organized Georgia Tech's National Coalition Building Institute Diversity Training Team. Ray also created Disability and Diversity Week and Religious Awareness Week. Stephanie also advises the Diversity Forum and is the advisor to the newly created Speech and Debate Team. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she majored in history and speech communication. She obtained a masters degree in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education from the same institution.
Stephanie has received several awards including, Outstanding Young Woman of America (1997), Vice President for Student Affairs Citation for Outstanding Professional Staff in the Division (1994), Outstanding New Professional of the Georgia College Personnel Association (1992), 2 Black Student Alliance/NAACP Distinguished Faculty/Staff Awards (1995 and 1996), the NAACP Multicultural Award (1997), Graduate Student Senate Mentor of the Year (2003), and OMED Mentor Award (2003).
Professionally, Ms. Ray is a member of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs and is a past-president of the Georgia College Personnel Association. She also served two consecutive terms as the chair for the Diversity Issues Committee for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. Ms. Ray is also active in the American College Personnel Association where she served as a member of the Core Council on Members Services and Issues. She is an active member of the National Coalition Building Institute of Atlanta and the Georgia Tech Toastmasters Club. Stephanie is known regionally for diversity consulting, presenting workshops, and delivering keynote addresses.
Graduate Assistant - Tia Williams
Tia Williams joined the Office of Diversity Programs as a graduate student August 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. As an undergraduate, Tia was very active in many areas of campus life, including being a peer counselor for the Black Educational Support Team and working as a Building Manager at the Tate Student Center. She is currently pursing her Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia. This past spring Tia served as a practicum student at Emory University in the Office of LGBT Life and just completed an internship at Agnes Scott College in the Dean of Students Office. In addition, she was selected to work as a teaching assistant with the 2011 National Housing Training Institute in June. Tia has a special interest in crisis management, and worked with Dr. Von Stange of the University of Iowa.