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Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

Melissa Thomas-HuntMelissa C. Thomas-Hunt is the vice provost for inclusive excellence at Vanderbilt University. In this role, she is responsible for helping to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the trans-institutional research and educational missions of the university, building on the numerous efforts currently underway in the provost’s office and across academic affairs  to create a welcoming environment for students, faculty and academic staff.

Thomas-Hunt comes to Vanderbilt from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she served as senior associate dean and global chief diversity officer. Thomas-Hunt received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Her research and teaching interests focus on conflict management, negotiation and inclusive leadership within global teams and organizations. She also has spent numerous years teaching negotiation to executives and served as faculty leader for The Women’s Leadership Program at Virginia’s Darden School. Her current research activities focus specifically on the effects of status and power on negotiation processes and outcomes and the evaluation and integration of expertise within diverse groups.

Melissa Thomas-Hunt

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