Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity
Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes, Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, is an educator, leading civil rights advocate, and seasoned lawyer. In her role, she collaborates with stakeholders on and off campus to develop and implement best practices for building and sustaining diverse, inclusive and equitable communities. She leads the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and oversees the Davis Center, the Office of Special Academic Programs, and non-discrimination efforts and guides the work of the Committee on Diversity and Community, the Diversity Action Research Team, and the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee. She develops and implements campus policies; facilitates critical discussions on equity and inclusion; and resolves conflicts. As a member of the President’s senior staff, she works closely with all members of the senior staff to support the campus community.
Prior to joining Williams College, she directed the education practice at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. and used legal and policy advocacy to ensure access to equal educational opportunities at the pre-kindergarten through post-secondary education levels. Her portfolio at LDF included school desegregation, access to higher education and the school-to-prison pipeline. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the late Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, a policy advisor to former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, and a public elementary school teacher in New York City.
Throughout her career, she has contributed to and helped shape the national dialogue around best practices in education. She has successfully argued before state and federal trial and courts of appeal, most recently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She recently co-authored Eliminating Excessive and Disparate School Discipline: A Review of Research and Policy Reform in Inequality in School Discipline (2016) and Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity (2014).
She has served as adjunct faculty at a number of educational institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Education. She has been a member of several non-profit boards, including the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin Law School, the Board of Trustees of Pine Cobble School, and the Alumnae Board of the Spence School. She received a B.A. from Williams College, J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, M.S. in Educational Administration and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- President’s Senior Staff
- Committee on Student Life (CSL)
- Diversity Action Research Team (DART)
- Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC)
- Affirmative Action Advisory Committee (AAAC)
- Committee on Admission and Financial Aid (CAFA)
- Honorary Degrees Advisory Committee (HDAC)
- Risk Management and Compliance Committee
- President’s Advisory Group (PAG)
- Executive Committee (former), Liberal Arts Diversity Officers consortium (LADO)
- Executive Committee, Creating Connections Consortium (C3)
- Conflict resolution