Emil L. Cunningham, PhD (he/him/his) serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for the Johns Hopkins University. In this role, Dr. Cunningham is charged with leading the operational aspects for the office of diversity and inclusion and working alongside colleagues within the office of diversity and inclusion to help advance the university’s diversity strategic plan. Prior to assuming this role Dr. Cunningham served as the Director for the office of diversity and inclusion at The Pennsylvania State University where he was responsible for developing strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion for a unit comprised of more than 3,300+ staff members spread out across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
During his higher education tenure, Dr. Cunningham engaged in work in Residence Life, Student Conduct, Educational Equity, alcohol prevention, Town-Gown interactions, University Development, and Academic Support for Student Athletes. Dr. Cunningham holds a PhD in Higher Education as well as an MEd in College Student Affairs from The Pennsylvania State University and he obtained his AB from Vassar College. Dr. Cunningham currently serves on the Board of Directors for Centre Safe, a local organization in Centre County, PA whose mission is to empower survivors of sexual or domestic violence and to work toward the elimination of such violence. And he is a member of several local and national organizations, including the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education; the American College Personnel Association; and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.