Renita Miller, Ph.D
Associate Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
Hello! I am Renita Miller, Associate Dean of Access, Diversity and Inclusion here in the Graduate School. I am excited about the amazing work we have the honor of contributing to the graduate student community here at Princeton which is multifaceted and includes, but is not limited to, supporting departmental diversity priorities and initiatives; participating in the graduate admissions process; providing resources and fellowships that support students and student groups; advising and mentoring; and creating and implementing programs that support the success of a diverse and inclusive graduate student community. I recently joined the graduate school from Yale University as the John B. Madden Dean of Berkeley College and Lecturer in the Political Science Department. I have also served as the Director of Studies at Forbes College and the Director of the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE) at Princeton University. Prior to Princeton, I taught in the political science department at Texas A&M and Rice University. My research focuses on understanding the influence of race and gender in political institutions with a particular focus on political rhetoric, deliberation, education policy, and leadership within state legislatures. I was a research fellow for the Project of Equity, Representation, and Governance at Texas A&M and the Kinder Institute of Urban Research at Rice University. I received my Bachelors in Business Administration from Baylor University and Masters and Ph.D. from Rice University in Political Science with a focus on public policy.
Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez, Ph.D
Assistant Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
Greetings! In my role as Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives in the Natural Sciences, I support graduate students from the 13 departments within the division. I am here to assist you support through mentorship, advising, and professional development. I also organize activities to enable your engagement with each other.
What is my background? My journey as a researcher started when I was a Biology major at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program, I discovered my passion and talents for research. I continued to develop my research skills through a postbaccalaureate program at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland and later as a graduate student in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining Princeton, I completed two postdoctoral fellowships which led to an Assistant Research Professor position at the School of Pharmacy at Washington State University.
I am here to help you find your voice, develop your professional skills and work towards a successful career in science. I look forward to assisting you.
Rayna Truelove, PhD (starting January 2019)
Assistant Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
I am excited to join the Access Diversity and Inclusion team as an Assistant Dean. I’ve had the privilege of supporting and mentoring scholars from a variety of disciplines ranging from the humanities to the biomedical sciences. I hold a Ph.D. from Brown University and a B.S. from Trinity University, both in Neuroscience. I conducted my doctoral work in the Graduate Partnership Program at the National Institutes of Health and began my professional journey working in its Office of Intramural Training and Education. Motivated to widen access to all scholars and diversify knowledge production, I mentored and advised first-generation and underrepresented trainees applying to graduate and professional programs. Most recently, I was Mellon Program Officer at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, where I directed several fellowship programs for underrepresented humanities and social science scholars in their academic careers from post-baccalaureate through junior faculty years.
I look forward to recruiting, learning from, and supporting graduate students at the Graduate School. I am an eager partner in the creation of a more diverse and inclusive community of scholars at the Graduate School.
Program Coordinator for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
As the Coordinator for the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion team at the Graduate School, my primary responsibility is to manage the varied and complex logistics that make our programs, students, and Deans successful. Since joining the campus community in 2013, I have had the privilege of working in a variety of departments including Communications, Chemistry, and now, the Graduate School. In each role, working with students has overwhelmingly been the most rewarding and fulfilling aspect of my work.
My college experience was far from traditional. I was unable to live on campus as a freshman as I had to work full-time. I viewed college as a learning opportunity and thus pursued several different majors, including education, writing, and psychology. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences from Rider University in 2010, after several years of part-time enrollment and the births of my two children. I am currently continuing my education through the pursuit of an online Master’s degree in Higher Education, with Penn State University.
As a parent and a graduate student, I sincerely appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that is shown by each of you. It is truly an honor to be part of the process. I look forward to continuing to offer you my support and guidance in all aspects of your journey!
Joel A. Boggess
Coordinator for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
As a Coordinator for the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion team, I help to manage the daily workflow and to provide support for the each of the deans, with a particular focus on aiding the initiatives in the Natural Sciences. I also help to coordinate the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in the life sciences. I have been at Princeton since 2016, previously working in the Office of the Provost.
Prior to coming to Princeton, I worked at the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development at UMass-Amherst and as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Chemistry Department at the University of Kansas. I completed my undergraduate degree in French at Purdue University and my graduate degrees in French Literature and Business Administration at the University of Kansas.
As the child of two first-generation college graduates who became academics, I have a great appreciation for the transformative power of higher education. I look forward to supporting you in your journey here.
Leslie Wingard, Ph.D.
Leslie E. Wingard (B.A. Spelman College, Ph.D. UCLA) is an Associate Professor of English at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and a Faculty Coach for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Until summer 2019, she is on a research sabbatical at the Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion and the Princeton Theological Seminary. She has taught courses linking African American literature with religious studies and black visual culture, published articles in journals such as Religion and Literature, Religion and the Arts, South: A Scholarly Journal, and American Quarterly, and written a book manuscript entitled The Sacred and Secular Reconciled: Productive Dissonances in African American Literature and Culture (under contract at University of Georgia Press). In summer 2018, Wingard was the Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellow in African American Art at the Delaware Art Museum. Her new book project is tentatively titled Being, Belonging, and Beyond: Redefining African American Christianity in the 21st Century.