Assistant Provost for Academic Diversity and Inclusion
Keona Lewis is assistant provost for academic diversity and inclusion. She oversees the vision, strategy, and community-building programs for academic diversity and inclusion. Lewis helps ensure that the academic core is an environment where faculty and staff feel a strong sense of belonging and respect and where differences are celebrated, partnering closely with the vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs.
Lewis also holds an appointment as assistant professor of the practice in Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns.
She joined Notre Dame from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was associate director of research and evaluation for diversity, equity and inclusion. In this capacity, she played a lead role in developing, supporting and evaluating programs for faculty, staff and students. She also chaired the Diversity Champion Awards Committee and co-chaired the Georgia Tech Police Department Community Council. Lewis previously served as program review and research manager for diversity, equity and inclusion at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she taught in the anthropology and criminology departments at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Lewis has an impressive record of leading training programs on a variety of topics, including assessing conscious and unconscious biases and microaggressions. With research interests that include higher education, the African Diaspora, ethnicity, gender and educational outcomes, she has previously taught courses in anthropology, U.S. cultural diversity and perspectives in criminal justice. Lewis earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminology and her doctorate in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida in Tampa.