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Ame Lambert Joins Roger Williams University as First Chief Diversity Officer

She has been working on diversity and inclusion at Champlain College since 2010
Ame Lambert joins RWU in June as its first Chief Diversity Officer.

BRISTOL, R.I. ­­– As it strives to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff and student body, Roger Williams University is hiring Ame Lambert as its first Chief Diversity Officer.

Since 2010, Lambert has been working to improve diversity and inclusion as the chief diversity officer at Champlain College, in Burlington, Vt., and she will continue that important work at RWU, beginning June 13.

“I am delighted that Ame has accepted our offer to be RWU’s first Chief Diversity Officer,” RWU President Donald J. Farish said. “She has a strong track record in this field, and her co-workers at her previous campus gave her top marks for her commitment, expertise and capacity to work effectively with others.”

Farish noted that as part of its 2014 Vision Project, RWU officially adopted a goal – “To Build the University the World Needs Now” ­ –  and identified six ways of achieving that goal, including: “By hiring faculty and staff, and recruiting students, who mirror the diversity of our region.”

“Ame is just the person to help us achieve that,” Farish said. “But we all know that she can’t do it alone. The entire RWU community is behind this effort, and we are determined to be successful.”

Lambert said she is honored to be joining the Roger Williams University community. “I was attracted to RWU because inclusion and social justice are in its DNA,” she said. “I was convinced by the incredible people I met during my visit, by the inspirational outcomes of the Vision Project, and by an accomplished president  –  who is committed to access and success, and ensuring that higher education has a relevant and sustainable future.”

Lambert said she is committed to helping to narrow the gap between aspiration and reality. “I am attracted to potential,” she said. “As great as RWU's story is now, it is nothing compared to the story I believe it is creating. The Providence campus and excellent initiatives on the Bristol campus are evidence of this. I am excited to be part of a team that will make potential reality and look forward to getting to know, and working with, stakeholders on both campuses and in their surrounding communities.”

Lambert graduated from Baylor University, magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She earned a master’s degree in human resources and labor relations from Michigan State University. And she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Tyler, in human resources, with a focus on organizational development and change.