Introducing NADOHE CDO Fellows Program Cohort 7...

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) is pleased to introduce the seven candidates selected to participate in Cohort 7 of NADOHE's Chief Diversity Officer Fellows Program (CDOFP) for the 2020-2021 academic year. They are: 

S. Kent Butler, Ph.D.
Interim Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Professor, Counselor Education
University of Central Florida

Jarmon DeSadier, J.D.
Executive Director of Diversity and Equity Compliance
Georgia Gwinnett College

Candy S. McCorkle, Ph.D.
Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Western Michigan University


Emily A. Monago, MPA, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer
University of Wyoming


Bobbie R. Porter, MA
Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
CSU - Fullerton

Tamara N. Stevenson, Ed.D.
Interim VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer
Westminster College

Kenny E. Yarbrough, Th.D., CDP
Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
The University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

The CDOFP is a professional leadership/mentorship program for new and early career Chief Diversity Officers. The goal of the one academic year CDOFP is to provide the Fellow with mentoring by a senior level CDO and guided professional development experiences. Every Fellow will:

Engage in and sustain a Mentor/Fellow relationship with a senior level Chief Diversity Officer based on mutual trust and professional respect. 

Design with the Mentor an individualized CDO Leadership Enrichment and Achievement Plan (LEAP) for the Fellowship Year to include the plans, goals, objectives, activities, campus site visits, a special project with at least one major deliverable, and a budget plan for use of the award. 

 the Mentor's campus for 2-3 days for on-site learning and enrichment experiences.

Observe the leadership styles of individuals at the host institution, including their strategies, outcomes, effectiveness, and how they interact with and impact one another from these four frames of managing organizational change: structural, human resources, political, and symbolic.  

Develop and implement a special project with tangible outcomes to benefit the Fellow as CDO and/or the institution.

Present during the NADOHE Annual Conference about the CDOFP year, incorporating the special project, and its outcomes.

Participate in a CDOFP assessment.  

Become part of the CDOFP Alumni network, participate in Alumni activities, and serve for at least one year following program completion as a resource to new Fellows via telephone or other technology.

In addition to visiting their mentor's campus, the Mentor will also visit the Fellow's campus to better understand the diversity issues and challenges facing the Fellow.

The program was recently expanded from five to seven CDO Fellows, for the 2020-2021 academic year. NADOHE President Paulette Granberry Russell notes, "We are delighted to offer this expanded opportunity for new and/or early career Chief Diversity Officers to obtain real time guidance and on the ground learning from a more senior colleague. The goal is to enhance the Fellows' professional knowledge and experience in order to stimulate strategic thinking and advance outcomes at their home institutions."

NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education. Its vision is to lead higher education towards inclusive excellence through institutional transformation. For more information about NADOHE, please call 800-793-7025 or visit