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Dr. Jamie R. Riley MLK 2020 keynote speaker

Dr. Jamie R. Riley is a native of Cincinnati, OH and most recently served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students at the University of Alabama. In that role, Dr. Riley had responsibility for several student life programs and functions and has the overall responsibility of fostering a safe, inclusive, and engaging campus community. Prior to his role at the University of Alabama, Dr. Riley served as the Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; the first intercollegiate fraternity for African American men founded at Cornell University in 1906.

Dr. Riley has an extensive career as a student affairs and higher education administrator. Specifically, he has worked in leadership development programs, diversity & inclusion programs, residence life, student activities, and assessment and evaluation. Most recently, Dr. Riley served as the Dean for Diversity & Inclusion at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to Johns Hopkins, Dr. Riley worked at the University of California, Berkeley as the Assistant Dean of Students. He also worked at Morehouse College earlier in his career. As a published researcher, Dr. Riley investigates the role of race and other social identities in impacting students’ ability to successfully navigate and engage within campus environments.

In addition to his membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Riley is a member of the 100 Black \Men of America, Inc., NASPA-Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association of College Unions International (ACUI), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Dr. Riley attended Tennessee State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration & Planning and Masters of Education in Education Leadership & Administration in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services with a concentration in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia in 2011.