Alexis J. Stokes
Alexis J. Stokes serves as the associate chief diversity and inclusion Officer in the Harvard Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, where she is charged with community engagement strategy and learning and development. Prior to this role, she served as the assistant dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). While in this role, she administered the School’s inaugural climate survey, spearheaded the development of a 5-year strategic plan, and welcomed the School’s inaugural cohort of post-baccalaureate scholars. Alexis serves on the executive committee for Harvard Women in Tech+Allies and is a member of the Harvard Administrative Innovation Group.
Alexis has over 13 years of experience working with non-profit and higher education institutions including the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Bridge Nashville, Inc., Goodwill Industries, and Shorelight Education - Auburn Global. Throughout her career she has worked to not only increase college and career access but also create systemic changes to support the success of marginalized communities.
Stokes is a native of New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL and an avid supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. She was awarded the Donald A. Gatzke Dissertation Award by the American Association of University Administrators for her work on “An Explanatory Model of First Year Retention”.