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michael alston 

Michael Alston, EdD, CCDP/AP
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity and Diversity & Title IX Coordinator

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 BS in Psychology and MS 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.

lauren rotonda 

Lauren 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 BA and MBA from the University of New Mexico, and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis School of Law.


olivia ralph 

Olivia Ralph, JD
Senior Compliance Consultant

Olivia Ralph serves as Senior Compliance Consultant within the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in March 2018. Previously, Olivia worked in human resource management for a local company and in local municipal administration.

As Sr. Compliance Consultant, Olivia assists in the overall management of institutional compliance covering faculty, staff, students, medical residents and post docs in the secondary role of civil rights investigator, deputy Title IX investigator, deputy EEO coordinator, and diversity and inclusion presenter. She collaborates with University offices, governmental agencies, and advocacy groups to inform decision-making and ensure University compliance with state and federal mandates. 

Olivia is a native of Memphis. She attended the University of Memphis where she received a BA in philosophy and also earned a Juris Doctor. 


dominique crockett 

Dominique Crockett, MHA
Sr. Administrative Specialist, Compliance Assurance

Dominique Crockett serves as Sr. Administrative Specialist, Compliance Assurance in the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in September 2018. Previously, Dominique worked in governmental health administration and the nonprofit sector.

As senior administrative specialist, Dominique ensures compliance with Title IX and Title VI through programming, data collection, reporting, assisting with investigations and EEO/AA recruiting, and other OED business functions.

Originally from Illinois, Dominique attended Southern University A&M, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she received a BA in Biology. She earned her Master of Health Administration from Louisiana State University.


sophia mosher 

Sophia Mosher, MPA
Sr. Administrative Specialist, Strategic Programs

Sophia Mosher is the Senior Administrative Specialist for Strategic Programs in the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in May 2017. Previously, she worked as an English teacher in Clarendon, AR, through Teach for America.

As Sr. Administrative Specialist, Sophia coordinates and serves as a resident instructor for the Diversity Certificate Program, coordinates the Diversity Matters newsletter and the Chancellor’s Exempt Staff and Lichterman employee awards, and assists with investigations and 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. She earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Memphis in May 2017.


kirsha smith 

Kirsha Smith
OED Assistant

Kirsha Smith provides administrative assistance for the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in October 2018. Kirsha previously worked in accounting for a food service company. As OED assistant she performs an assortment of administrative support activities, including resolving telephone and walk-in inquiries, supervising the training and multi-purpose rooms, scheduling meetings and calendar items, and maintaining files.

Last Published: Mar 18, 2019