By Tiffany Murray-Robertson
“Dr. Douglas-Glenn has achieved a long and sustained record of accomplishments that includes but extends well beyond her leadership of GEHLI,” wrote one nominator. “Her commitment to social equity and to enhancing the leadership opportunities and potential of individuals across a wide range of settings and experiences is apparent and exemplary.”
As GEHLI’s chief administrator, Douglas-Glenn collaborates with others to develop the capacity of VCU faculty and staff though the delivery of leadership and professional development curriculum, conferences and programs. Since joining the institute in 2007, she has expanded the organization’s focus to include faculty and staff at other academic institutions, as well as members of the local community with a specific focus on women, girls and members of racial and ethnic minorities. Douglas-Glenn’s own research focuses on women and leadership and the intersection of race and social policy.
Douglas-Glenn forms partnerships and works to build trust and cooperation outside her role at GEHLI. For the past year, she served as the university’s special assistant for diversity initiatives. In this role, Douglas-Glenn informed university policy recommendations, advised departments and administrators on campus climate and multicultural issues and developed professional networking programs for diverse graduate students.
Beyond her professional contributions, Douglas-Glenn has a long and impressive record of service to the community. She is a board member of the YWCA of Richmond, where she serves on leadership and governance committees; the Fan Free Clinic, where she serves as vice chair of the governance committee; and the American Council on Education Virginia Network, where she serves as communications chair.
Dr. Nakeina Douglas-Glenn will be awarded the PACME Administrator Award at the 2016 Annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment. The annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment recognize contributions and efforts made toward enhancing the goals of inclusive excellence and VCU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.