Special Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion


Leah K. Cox

As Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Cox focuses on the University’s mission to promote a diverse and inclusive working environment for students, faculty, and staff. She assists with the coordination of current diversity programs and new initiatives. In addition, Dr. Cox serves as the Title IX coordinator and Ombudsman for the campus. She also oversees the Student Transition Program and the James Farmer Scholars Program; both are outreach and retention programs for underrepresented students. She has worked in various positions at the University for over 11 years.

Prior to her tenure at UMW, Dr. Cox served as a program information specialist for George Mason University, student services specialist for Northern Virginia Community College, prevention and education specialist for the U. S. Marine Corps, project coordinator for the Maryland State Department of Education, and placement services coordinator and minority student specialist for Gallaudet University. Dr. Cox received her bachelor’s degree from Western Maryland College, in education, a master’s degree from the University of Arizona, in counseling, and a Doctor of Philosophy, in Counseling Personnel College Administration from the University of Maryland.

Visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s website to learn more.