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Tellisia Williams

Tellisia Williams, PhD currently serves as the Senior Researcher of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Girl Scouts of the USA.

Tellisia is an experienced social science researcher, research & evaluation consultant, and an educator specializing in race. She uses an anti-racist lens to analyze statistical data, structural racism, power dynamics, and group relations. In this capacity, she has facilitated discussions on topics such as intergroup relations, cross racial interactions, and has developed strategic research plans for administrators, staff, organizations, and Higher Education institutions.

Tellisia’s dissertation research critically examined the linkages and gaps in institutional policies of diversity and inclusion and focused on the built environment, educational policy, place making, and personalized lived experiences of doctoral students of color in “diverse” academic spaces.

Previously, Tellisia has worked as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the City University of New York and Saint Peter’s University teaching courses on Ethnographies of Work; the Social Psychology of Racism & Prejudice; Experimental Psychology; and Sociology. As an educator, Tellisia is committed to providing the best educational outcomes for her students.

Tellisia received her Bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Sociology, and two Master’s degrees in Psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY before earning her PhD in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY.


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 Supported by the CUNY Doctoral Students Council.