University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement


Betty Jeanne Taylor, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Betty Jeanne Taylor is the Director of Diversity Education Initiatives (DEI) in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Her responsibilities include diversity education curriculum research, development and facilitation with an emphasis on sustained learning environments for university faculty, staff, and students as well as community organizations. As a staff member in the Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives (CDSI) portfolio, she also assists with initiatives including strategic planning and campus diversity planning.

Dr. Taylor serves as a member of UT’s Campus Climate Response Team, a university-wide strategy resource team, whose work focuses on campus climate incidents impacting the UT Austin community. She also serves in an advisory capacity for the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC), the International Office Longhorn DREAMers Project and as a mentor for the Texas Hillel Launching Longhorns program. Dr. Taylor continues to provide guest lectures for undergraduate and graduate courses and serves on dissertation committees of doctoral candidates.

With 15 years of experience in higher education administration, Dr. Taylor has served as an instructor, facilitator and administrator. Prior to joining DDCE, she served as Director of Greek Life and Education in the Office of the Dean of Students, where she also instructed undergraduate courses and conducted research for a multi-university research project. During her tenure at UT, Dr. Taylor has been recognized for her service and leadership with honors including the Texas Parents’ Association Staff Merit Award and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Taylor holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication and a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education from The Florida State University. Her research has focused on identity development and intersectionality.



ritu royRitu Roy, Graduate Research Assistant

Ritu Roy is a candidate within the Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University. Of Indian nationality, she moved to the States to pursue degrees in higher education. Prior to attending UT, Ritu served as an aide at Antaragram (a psychiatric & rehabilitation center in India), a crisis counselor at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center (BRCIC) and contributed to research on phobia studies under Dr. Tom Davis.

Her numerous student leadership positions – namely in the Executive Branch of Student Government and the Department of Campus Life under the Office of the Dean of Students – inspired her to be an ardent advocate for varying human rights issues and work towards a career in Higher Education. Her administrative experience in Higher Education includes employment at Trinity University as the NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP) intern in the Office of Campus and Community Involvement within the Division of Student Affairs, as well as internships in the offices of First Year Experience, Continuing Education and Student Advocacy and Accountability at Louisiana State University.

After completing her MSSW, Ritu plans to continue her work in higher education administration on social justice issues, potentially focusing on diversity and student affairs. Eventually, Ritu hopes to pursue her Ph.D focusing her research interests on the empowerment of marginalized communities.

Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives (CDSI) Staff

Sherri L. Sanders, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives

Kiersten Ferguson, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives

Ryan A. Miller, Ed.M.
Associate Director of Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives

Ixchel Rosal, M.P.A.
Director of Student Diversity Initiatives

Ritu Roy
Graduate Research Assistant, Diversity Education Initiatives

Stella L. Smith, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives

Betty Jeanne Taylor, Ph.D.

Director of Diversity Education Initiatives