Hillary Potter is the inaugural associate dean for inclusive practice in the College of Arts and Sciences. Potter, who is also associate professor of ethnic studies, has been a member of the faculty since 2005.
As associate dean for inclusive practice, Potter plays an integral role in realizing the college’s core mission to develop students as future leaders in the diverse global community of the 21st century. She has the primary responsibility of supporting and advancing a college culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competence. This leadership position is responsible for using a collaborative approach to guide the college in enhancing and supporting an equitable and inclusive climate with respect to race and ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, class/socioeconomic status, culture, religion and geography. Collaborating with students, faculty and staff, the associate dean for inclusive practice purposefully designs, encourages and implements employee recruitment, development and retention strategies, and culturally relevant pedagogies, practices and programs that result in an effective and welcoming environment and equitable student, staff and faculty success.
Potter holds a BA and a PhD in sociology from CU Boulder and an MA in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (a senior college of the City University of New York). Potter’s research focuses on intersectional feminist analyses of the existence of and multifaceted responses to crime and violence. She is currently researching intimate and state violence against women of color in the United States, comparing experiences of native and immigrant Black and Latinx women, and antiviolence activism in Black and Latinx communities, with field research in Ferguson/St. Louis, Missouri and Denver, Colorado. Potter is the author ofIntersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime(Routledge Press, 2015) and Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse (New York University Press, 2008), and the editor of Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (Lexington Books, 2007).