James Moore III, Ph.D., a world leader in the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, will present the commencement address at the UNC School of Social Work’s 2022 graduation ceremony on May 7.
Moore is the vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University and serves as the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. He is also the inaugural EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology.
“Dr. Moore is considered one of the leading voices in the academy for addressing structural racism and creating inclusive environments,” praised School of Social Work Dean Ramona Denby-Brinson. “His work has led him to receive hundreds of accolades, most recently, the ACE Award for diversity leadership. His wisdom around advancing equity leadership and creating a legacy of culture transformation will surely speak to our students.”
From 2015 to 2017, Moore served as a program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, and from 2011 to 2015, he was an associate provost for diversity and inclusion at The Ohio State University, where he managed numerous programs and units.
Internationally recognized for his work on African American males, Moore’s research focuses on school counseling, gifted education, urban education, higher education, multicultural education/counseling, and STEM education. From 2018 to 2021, he was cited by Education Week as one of the 200 most influential scholars and researchers in the United States, who inform educational policy, practice, and reform.
Moore has developed a national reputation as a thought leader on important educational public policy topics and has been invited to share his expertise to various K-12 school systems, universities, professional associations, and governmental and non-profit agencies.
A co-editor of five books with over 150 publications, Moore has received more than $25 million in grants, contracts, and gifts. He has presented over 200 scholarly presentations and lectures throughout the United States and other parts of the world, including Brazil, Canada, England, Spain, China, India, Indonesia, and France.
Moore received his B.A. in English education from Delaware State University and his M.A.Ed. and Ph.D. in counselor education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.