Division of Equity and Engagement
University Diversity Officer
Rashanda R. Booker was born in Oxford, MS and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. She received a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling with a higher education administration concentration from Louisiana State University.
With over 25 years of higher education experience, she has a proven record of being an advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging with a student-centered focus. Dr. Booker’s posture is open, inviting, and optimistic. She tackles the hard subjects by inviting conversation instead of confrontation. She believes that all identities have great contributions to make and implores everyone to join her in bringing agents of change. Booker's professionalism and versatility landed her a spot in AASCU’s 2023 Cohort of the Millennium Leadership Initiative where she will continue to grow as a scholar practitioner.
January 2023 Dr. Booker became the inaugural University Diversity Officer at California State University - Fresno. She established the Division of Equity and Engagement to support the mission of Fresno State by weaving equity and inclusivity into the fabric of every aspect of the institution, to represent and reflect a global culture that is affirming, inclusive, and equitable to foster a sense of belonging, with the goal of advancing human potential and growth.
Statements from Rashanda R. Booker
Dear Members of the Fresno State Community:
On January 3, 2023, I began my tenure as the inaugural University Diversity Officer (UDO). It is a privilege and honor to serve this prestigious university as we move towards creating a more inclusive and equitable environment while continuing to acknowledge and celebrate the diverse institutional and regional community.
Fresno State has won Insight into Diversity’s HEED award nine years in a row, which is a testament to the dedication of past and current champions of equity, diversity, and inclusive work. As I continue to learn more about the region, campus, and the Central Valley, I look forward to collaboratively incorporating the University’s many effective diversity and inclusion efforts into one visible, innovative strategy for enhancing equity, inclusion, access, and belonging. My goal is to motivate and galvanize the campus community towards a shared vision of an institution that is welcoming, inclusive, respectful, and free from discrimination, intolerance, and harassment, where all can thrive.
Join us in intentionally moving towards greater belonging, full inclusivity, and engagement for all Bulldogs. This work requires each of us to champion the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion-related priorities. Throughout this journey, we will celebrate our progress while transparently addressing the challenges our campus community must overcome.
Rashanda R. Booker, Ph.D.
University Diversity Officer