Bios of Leadership

 

AAAED LEADERSHIP BIOGRAPHIES
2018 - 2020

Richard Anthony Baker, M.P.A., J.D., PhD., President

Dr. Richard Anthony Baker’s career in diversity and equal opportunity in higher education spans more than 15 years. He is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Equal Opportunity Services for the University of Houston System and University of Houston (“University”) – the fourth largest university in the state of Texas. Specifically, Dr. Baker is responsible for managing the University’s antidiscrimination efforts, including providing administrative guidance, conducting formal investigations of complaints as well as providing prevention training for nearly 80,000 faculty, staff and students. In addition to those responsibilities, Dr. Baker is a Board Member and Region VI Director for the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (AAAED), Dr. Baker is also frequent conference speaker and trainer in the area of discrimination and harassment. Through his efforts, Dr. Baker was honored with numerous awards including the 2015 Class of the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, AAAED’s 2015 President’s Award for Leadership and Service, and a recipient of the 2013 Difference Makers Award by the University Commission on Women for his effort to support and contribute to women’s advancement or opportunity on the University campus.

Dr. Baker has the distinction as the first African-American to graduate from Texas Tech University with a doctorate of jurisprudence, and graduate degrees in Public Administration (M.P.A.), and Higher Education (Ph.D.). Dr. Baker is the proud father of Nia and Nigel and has been married to his wife Tiffany for 11 years.

 

Myron R. Anderson, Ph.D., Immediate Past President

Myron Anderson serves Metropolitan State University of Denver as the associate to the president for diversity. A member of the president's cabinet, Anderson is the College's chief diversity officer responsible for articulating and resolving current and future issues related to diversity. Furthermore, Anderson identifies campus climate trends that may assist in developing strategies to pro-actively promote "inclusive excellence."

Since he assumed his position in 2007, MSU Denver has seen its enrollment of students of color increase by more than a third, making up 28 percent of the student body in fall 2010. Since 2005 faculty of color have increase by more then 50% with a university workforce that is greater then 30% of color.

Working to improve the institution's cultural confidence, Anderson has led the Office of Institutional Diversity to focus on six elements: campus climate, recruitment and retention, diversity development, diversity initiatives, equity scorecard and civic engagement. He facilitated the development and implementation of the University's diversity strategic plan and has led two successful university-wide campus climate surveys each yielding a 63% response rate from the full-time work force.

Anderson has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, in both administrative and academic positions. He also carries the rank of associate professor of education technology. Prior to his current position, he was the associate chair of the teacher education department at MSU Denver, and a faculty member and administrator at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Anderson has performed research in the areas of distance education, teaching in virtual environments, and microaggressions in education. He has developed interactive training programs and co-authored a student programming leadership workbook titled "Achieving Excellence." He recently presented a position paper entitled "Process to Policy: How to execute a climate survey that leads to 'new' organizational policies" at the 2013 Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford, Brasenose College.

Dr. Anderson earned a Ph.D. in instructional technology and a bachelor of arts in political science from Virginia Tech, and a master of science in curriculum and instruction from Radford University.

 

Yulanda L. McCarty-Harris, J.D., Sr. CAAP , First Vice President

Yulanda L. McCarty-Harris, J.D., Sr. CAAP, serves as the Executive Director, Office for Inclusion and Equity, University of Texas at Austin. In her role, she is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the office and supporting the university's commitment to fulfill equal opportunity laws and policies. She manages the day-to-day operation of the office, which includes the supervision of a full-time staff, and the administration and management of a considerable budget. Ms. McCarty-Harris oversees the administration of the university's Title VI, Title VII and Title IX complaint intake, triage, investigation and resolution process. She also oversees the University's affirmative action program and provides counsel to and advises University administrators, managers, supervisors and departments about equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment, policies, regulations, guidelines and laws. She brings to the University over 15 years of experience in the public sector, including nine in higher education, and her energetic and passionate servant leadership approach to compliance has assisted organizations in achieving effective and strategic outcomes to diversity and inclusion. She previously served as the Director for the Office for Institutional Equity at Cleveland State University and was also the University's Title IX Coordinator. She was also the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at Youngstown State University and has served as a senior attorney addressing employment-related issues at the City of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio).

Ms. McCarty-Harris is a licensed attorney in Texas and Ohio and received her undergraduate degree from UT-Austin and her juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas.

 

Margo R. Foreman, Second Vice President

Margo R. Foreman is the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity at Iowa State University (ISU). Margo has been instrumental in the growth and development of the administration’s efforts to build and sustain a more inclusive Iowa State. She oversees all aspects of equal opportunity, affirmative action, discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct programs and serves as the university's Title IX coordinator. The scope of her work includes supporting excellence in teaching and learning through the recruitment, development and retention of a diverse workforce. In addition, she engages in developing career exploration programs designed to recruit diverse faculty and staff. Ms. Foreman has been a proud member of the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity since 2007 and has presented at the organization’s national conference.

 

 

Rosemary Cox, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, SR CAAP, Secretary

Rosemary Cox is a Senior Consultant at DCI Consulting Group, headquartered in Washington, DC, where she provides consultation specific to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action statutes and regulations. Her area of expertise includes AAP reporting, data reconciliation and management, recruitment process and metrics, strategic audit discussions, mock audits, compliance and diversity/inclusion training and strategy. Prior to moving to DCI Rosemary was a Principal Consultant for Peoplefluent where she provided senior level AA/compliance strategy support to clients. She was also responsible for training webinars and classroom courses such as Principles of Affirmative Action, Beyond the Written AAP, Measuring and Evaluating Resources, Preparing for an Audit, Diversity & Inclusion, Unconscious Bias and Microagressions.

Rosemary holds an MSA in Human Resources from Central Michigan University, has senior level certifications through, SHRM, HRCI, AAAED and the State of Ohio. With more than 20 years of human resource compliance experience, she supports a variety of corporations in various industries, writes blogs and video blogs for DCI, conducts webinars and training. Rosemary is a board member for the Ohio Industry Liaison Group (OILG) and the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity (AAAED) and is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Rosemary, in addition to training as part of her job, has presented at several ILG groups across the country (Ohio, Minneapolis, Arizona, and Texas) as well as at NILG, Direct Employers “DEAM” and AAAED Conferences. She also teaches certification and new professionals courses for AAAED.

Sandra K Hueneman, Sr. CAAP, Treasurer

Ms. Hueneman is the principal consultant with Manchester Consultants, Pt. Barrington, IL. In that capacity she provides consulting and advisory subject matter services in all facets of EEO and Affirmative Action Compliance for both construction and non-construction clients, including support for OFCCP compliance reviews, Mock OFCCP Self-Audits, Compensation Analyses, development and delivery of HR training to all levels of the organization, etc. Ms. Hueneman has over 30 years’ experience in the EEO/affirmative action arena. Prior to Ms. Hueneman's retirement from OFCCP, she served as: Program Analyst with the U.S. Department of Labor, OFCCP National Office, in Washington, DC. Previous roles include serving as a Human Resources Compliance Manager for a major corporation; a Senior Affirmative Action Advisor for a major law firm assisting clients in their EEO and affirmative action needs; and served in OFCCP's Chicago, Milwaukee district and Chicago regional offices (Assistant District Director, Acting District Director, Sr. Compliance Officer Compliance Officer); and the U.S. Navy (EEO Counselor). Among her accomplishments, she co-authored revisions to the Federal Contract Compliance Manual, Case Management Specifications as the system was being updated, and conducted ongoing study on the timeliness of case closures nationwide, managed hundreds of OFCCP compliance reviews both within and outside the OFCCP, and negotiated resolution where violations were alleged including discrimination.

 

Shirley J. Wilcher, A.B., M.A., J.D.

Shirley J. Wilcher, Mount Holyoke Class of 1973, is a leading authority on equal opportunity and diversity policy. After graduating from Mount Holyoke cum laude with a degree in Philosophy and French, she went on to receive her MA in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research and her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. While a student at Mount Holyoke she received a certificat pratique de langue Francaise from the Universite de Paris. While a student at Harvard, Wilcher began a career in civil rights as clerk for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

After earning her law degree, she became staff attorney for the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C. She later moved to Capitol Hill as Associate Counsel for Civil Rights for the House Committee on Education and Labor. There, she was responsible for legislation and oversight of the federal agencies charged with enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and other laws relating to equal employment opportunity and labor standards. She served as principal staff person on major investigations of the civil rights enforcement activities of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. Wilcher left Capitol Hill to serve as the Director for State Relations and General Counsel for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

During the Clinton Administration, Wilcher served a near seven-year term as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in the Labor Department. There she directed a federal program that emphasized the elimination of systemic barriers to equal employment opportunity, the glass ceiling, and inequities in corporate compensation systems, testifying before both House and Senate Labor Committees. Following her service in the Clinton Administration, Wilcher established her consulting firm, Wilcher Global LLC, and served as Executive Director of Americans for a Fair Chance, a consortium of six civil rights legal organizations formed to serve as an educational resource on affirmative action. Wilcher also taught as adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Washington College of Law of American University and worked as Attorney Advisor for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Currently, Wilcher is the Executive Director of the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity (AAAED), formerly the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), founded in 1974. AAAED is an organization of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action professionals working for academic institutions, the private sector and government. Wilcher is also President and CEO of the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund), the nonprofit affiliate of AAAED.

Shirley is the recipient of the NAACP's Keeper of the Flame Award, AAAED's Rosa Parks Award and the special Drum Major for Justice and President's Awards for AAAA/AAAED. Wilcher also served as the first Recording Secretary of the National Political Congress of Black Women, founded in 1984 by former U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm, and was on the board of Wider Opportunities for Women. Wilcher is an Advisory Board Member, Oxford Women's Leadership Program, Oxford, UK. In 2018, Shirley Wilcher received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College.