Dr. Randy Williams is the Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Assistant Professor of Education at Elon University where he serves as a member of the university president’s leadership. His areas of responsibilities are in three university divisions: Student Life, Academic Affairs, and University Advancement. This role allows him to strengthen Elon’s role as the national leader in high impact practices and engaged learning – a practice of cultivating experiences that stimulate students’ desire to gain more knowledge and then apply it in ways that matter for personal and community development.
Dr. Williams spends most of his days engaging with colleagues and students in discussions and projects that support the institution’s priorities. The Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education (CREDE) reports to Dr. Williams, and you will frequently find him there meeting with students to maintain an understanding of their needs and to help ensure their awareness of Elon's resources. At other times, Dr. Williams partners with faculty, staff, and administrators to enhance programs and services reflective of an exceptional educational environment.
Prior to Elon, Dr. Williams was Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at North Carolina Wesleyan College, Assistant Dean of Students at the College of William & Mary, and before that position, the Associate Dean of Students at Hampden-Sydney College. Among Randy’s professional affiliations is a Review Committee Chair role with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Areas of Expertise (8)
Transfer and Non-traditional student services
Multicultural Student Services
The College of William and Mary: Ph.D., Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership 2013
Longwood University: M.S., Counseling 2004
Hampden-Sydney College: B.S., Physics 1996
Media Appearances (3)
Elon report finds many black students view campus life negatively
The Times News
The 151 black students responding offered 98 examples of racially disparaging comments, such as slurs. The 63 black faculty and staff participating reported 47 instances of hearing disparaging comments from students, faculty and administrators.
“Our goal with this task force was to develop policies and practices that will enhance the experience for black students, faculty and staff,” Dean of Multicultural Affairs Randy Williams wrote to the Times-News Wednesday. “(W)e examined some difficult issues honestly, identified shortcomings in reaching our goal of being a more inclusive community, and provided an aggressive agenda of recommendations that are already being acted upon.”
Elon Greek life creates communities, divides diversity
Dalton Cox Reports
For others, the appeal to join Greek life comes from a desire to be inducted in to an exclusive social and professional network.
“At Elon we talk about being this community,” said Randy Williams, Elon’s dean of multicultural affairs. “It sort of shut people down if they’re not in Greek life; you can’t go to a party for example, if you’re not a brother or sister in an organization or don’t have a friend there.”
Connecting the Dots – Randy Williams opens up about his personal goals, family and passion for student success
“Looking at all of those dynamics, it was a real shock for me to be at Hampden-Sydney College,” Williams said. “When I got there, I thought I was on a different planet.”
Being one of 15 black students on campus, Williams constantly noticed differences between him and his colleagues. Williams studied physics with a concentration in mathematics, while at Hampden-Sydney. During his years there he was unable to recall any African-American faculty.