Associate Vice Provost, Diversity and Inclusion
“Harnessing the Power of Diversity: Every Wildcat, Every day!”
Associate Vice Provost Banks works daily to incorporate Inclusive Excellence into the fabric of our institution, to make it diversity and inclusion the habit of Every Wildcat! Her efforts include aligning institutional goals through our Diversity Strategic Plan, developing the institutional D&I vision, and leading the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Upon joining the University in October 2020, AVP Banks has launched a website for student demands, implemented required D&I trainings for all students which will fully launch in Fall 2022, and hired the inaugural HBCU Liaison which will strengthen our institutional partnerships with Historically Black Colleges & Universities.
AVP Banks serves the Wildcat community in the following roles and capacities:
Chair, Diversity Coordinating Council
Chair, University of Arizona Police Advisory Board
Vice-Chair, AAU Chief Diversity Officer Steering Committee
Co-Chair, Ombuds Advisory Council
Oversee: Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Campus D&I Trainings, Survivor Advocacy, Men of Color Initiative, and the eight Cultural & Resource Centers
Member, Senior Leadership Team
Member, Provost Council
Prior to joining the University of Arizona, AVP Banks served as the Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs: Engagement & Inclusive Excellence and Dean of Students at Northern Arizona University where she oversaw First-Gen Programs, TRIO Programs, Office of Indigenous Student Success, Multicultural & LGBTQIA+ Student Services, Fraternity & Sorotity Life, Dean of Students Office, and Leadership-Engagement-and-Peer Mentoring. In this capacity, she led initiatives to unify academic and student affairs engagements through targeted messaging, using predictive analytics systems and aligning efforts to enhance support around first year, first-gen students of color. She implemented the Inclusion & Diversity Scholars program which expanded freshmen diversity mentoring from 30 students to 650 diverse students in one year.
Prior to joining NAU, AVP Banks served as the Director, Grievances and Appeals and Section 504 Coordinator for the University of Phoenix where she led initiatives to improve accessibility for campus communities with disabilities. AVP Banks’ also served as the Dean of Students & Director, Student Affairs & Academic Success at the University of Akron School of Law where she also served as Senior Lecturer. During her tenure at Akron Law, AVP Banks led developed programs to increase retention, enrollment, and academic success of diverse students. Dr. Banks developed the Pathways program which resulted in a contractual relationship between Akron Law and Central State University, the only Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in Ohio. In conjunction with the Akron Bar Association Diversity Committee, Dr. Banks increased diversity participation and membership with the bar association and led the Law and Leadership Institute Program at Akron Law.
AVP Banks has designed D&I trainings for institutions, government agencies, and private corporations including: Mitigating to Eliminate Unconscious Bias, Inclusion Zone, Supporting Trans & Gender Diversity, and From Cultural Competency to Cultural Understanding training. served as a leader in designing the first Diversity Strategic Plan as well as overhauled the Safe Zone training curriculum.
AVP Banks awards include the: 2021 Diversity Leaders to Watch; the Anthony “Tony” Ross Award for service to Black and African-American students; the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award; the LGBTQIA Commission’s Ally of the Year Award (NAU); the Akron Law Leadership Excellence Award; Akron Law Black Law Student Associations Alumni of the Year award and the Bryant & Stratton College Dean’s Faculty Commendation for Outstanding Student Engagement in the Classroom.
A proud First-Generation student, Dr. Banks earned a Juris Doctor from University of Akron, School of Law, a Master’s of Education degree in Educational Leadership-Community College/Higher Education from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University. She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. which is one of the four historically African-American sororities. She has also acquired trainings and certificates from Cornell University in Faculty Institute for Diversity along with Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), Section 504 and Decision Maker Certifications.