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Patricia Parker to become first Black woman director at IAH

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Patricia Parker to become first Black woman director at IAH

By Jackson Moseley via

Department of Communication Chairperson Patricia Parker will enter her new role as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities on July 1. 

Parker will be the first Black woman to direct the IAH. Since its founding in 1987, the IAH has only been directed by white men.

From 2012 to 2015, Parker was the inaugural director of faculty diversity initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences and spearheaded the development of its diversity liaison program. Currently, she also serves as co-chairperson for the Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward.

Parker’s vision 

Parker’s vision for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities is for it to be a “sure place,” where faculty can anchor themselves and support one another in their work.

“For me, that sure place represents a place to have tough conversations, a place to convene and for the arts and humanities to flourish and for faculty to …

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