Meet the Staff

Several functions that were once handled inside of OED have transitioned to other areas. To view a detailed listing of these subjects, please see Who Does What in Equity and Diversity.

Michael Alston

Michael Alston, EdD, CCDP/AP

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity Diversity & Student Rights

Dr. Alston’s employment within The University of Tennessee System spans 25 years with stints at UT- Martin, UT-Knoxville, and UT Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Michael's work experience in higher education encompasses residence life administration, student recruitment and admissions, undergraduate instruction, employee relations, student conduct administration and equity and diversity.

He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Martin earning a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Educational Psychology and Guidance. Michael also has an earned doctorate in higher education administration from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in addition to a professional certificate/certification in Diversity Management from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Michael is a native of Brighton, Tennessee in Tipton County and graduate of Munford High School.

Dustin Fulton

Dustin Fulton, MS

Senior Equity Assurance Administrator

Dustin Fulton serves as Sr. Equity Assurance Administrator within the Office of Equity and Diversity. He joined UTHSC in 2014. Previously, Dustin worked for a local law firm. He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and received a Master’s degree in Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Personnel from the University of Memphis.

Within the Office of Equity and Diversity, his duties primarily include non-academic student conduct administration, training to the university community, and conducting investigations. He provides direction in the evaluation of discrimination or harassment claims of varying degrees relevant to Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX. Additionally, Dustin assists in reviewing and auditing faculty and executive administrative search processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AA laws and guidelines, UT policies and procedures, and federal requirements.

Dustin is a native of Memphis and attended Central High School.

staff photoLauren Rotonda, JD, MBA

Senior Inclusion Strategist

Lauren Rotonda serves as Senior Inclusion Strategist within the Office of Equity and Diversity.  She joined UTHSC in 2017.  Previously, Lauren worked in health science administration and the private legal sector.

As Sr. Inclusion Strategist, Lauren’s duties primarily include activities which promote and facilitate institutional compliance with ADA/Section 504, conducting investigations, developing and implementing programs which promote diversity and inclusion, and reviewing and auditing faculty and executive administration search processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AA laws and guidelines, UT policies and procedures, and federal requirements. 

Lauren is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She received a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico, and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis School of Law.

staff photoSophia Mosher, MPA

Administrative Aide 

Sophia Mosher is the Administrative Aide for the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in May 2017, after completing a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Memphis. Previously, she worked as an English teacher in Clarendon, AR, through Teach for America. 

As Administrative Aide, Sophia coordinates the Diversity Matters newsletter, employee awards, and assists with other OED business functions.

Sophia is originally from northern Michigan, and is an alumna of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, where she received a BA in Comparative Cultures and Politics.