Ame Lambert, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer — Roger Williams University
Dr. Ame Lambert serves as the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Roger Williams University where she leads the embedding of equity into all university operations and also leads efforts to support the thriving of minoritized students and employees. Her aim is to close the gap between potential and thriving and help people and organizations BE-COME. Evaluation data from initiatives that have been launched during her tenure show an impact on 1st-year student retention, academic success, and climate; an increase in the yield on faculty of color hires, as well as the launching and empowerment of a successful women’s employee initiative and pro-equity policies and practices.
Before RWU, Lambert served at Champlain college for 7 years where she was the inaugural chief diversity officer, and before that, senior director of institutional diversity. At Champlain, Lambert led the process for creating and implementing a strategic plan, which had measurable results in the areas of student retention and success, employee access and success and policies and practices that drove equity.
Lambert serves as the chair of the Pre-conference committee for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher education and designed the institute for new chief diversity officers at the annual conference. Her interdisciplinary lens helps her integrate the best of disparate disciplines such as organization development, neuroscience, education, and intercultural communication in the creation of complex responses to complex human challenges. As a bi-cultural immigrant black woman, Lambert believes the answer is often and/and rather than either/or.
A strong introvert, Lambert loves nothing better than a long snuggle with her spirited and smart five years old who she wishes she could spend more time with.