Eden-Reneé Hayes

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Director of the Davis Center

Bascom House Rm 106D

Eden-Reneé Hayes, Ph.D. is Director of the Davis Center. As director, she advances the Davis Center’s vision of working towards a more inclusive college community, fostering positive inter- and intra-group dialogue, integrating restorative approaches into our work, and advocating for racial and social justice.

Immediately prior to coming to Williams, Hayes was Dean of Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Psychology at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Her research and expertise center on bias and the intersecting identities of race, class, and gender identity and expression. At Simon’s Rock, Hayes also chaired the Council for Equity and Inclusion, as well as the Bias Response Committee, and she oversaw the Owl’s Nest Center for Social Justice and Culture. In addition, she was elected to and chaired the faculty senate, was a faculty representative to the Board of Overseers, and served as faculty advisor to several student groups.

Hayes has designed and delivered workshops on unconscious bias, inclusion in the curriculum, internalized oppression and colorism, the neuroscience of prejudice, supporting trans and non-binary people, among others. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Wesleyan University, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology from Tulane University. Prior to joining Simon’s Rock, Hayes was a lecturer at Penn State University, and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. As a community leader, she has supported the Rights of Passage and Empowerment Program and served on the board of directors of Multicultural BRIDGE.


B.A. Wesleyan University, Sociology and Psychology (2000)
Ph.D. Tulane University, Social Psychology (2006)
  • Co-Chair, Trans Inclusion Committee
  • Committee on Diversity and Community
  • Diversity Advisory Research Team
  • Davis Lecture Committee
  • President’s Administrative Group