INSIGHT Welcomes Ajay Nair as Editorial Board Member

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is excited to welcome to its Editorial Board Ajay Nair, PhD, senior vice president and dean of campus life at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

In his current role, Nair advocates for nearly 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students at Emory. His responsibilities range from intercollegiate athletics and the Greek experience to student health services and residence life. He also provides leadership and strategic direction in cultivating an ethically engaged community consistent with the university’s vision.nairheadshot-4-2016

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Nair to the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board,” says Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “His experience with students, along with his deep commitment to the work of diversity and inclusion, provide him a special understanding of the issues faced by diverse institutions.”

Prior to joining Emory, Nair served as senior associate vice provost for student affairs at the University of Pennsylvania; he has also held positions at Columbia University, The Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Virginia. During his time in higher education, he has served in a variety of capacities as a faculty member, student affairs administrator, and academic administrator.

An accomplished scholar, Nair’s research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and second-generation Asian American identity. He has co-edited a book focused on the complexities of the second-generation South Asian American identity, called Desi Rap: Hip-Hop in South Asian America. And he is currently working on a new book that explores the current state of multiculturalism in higher education.

Nair also serves as director of the Division for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice on the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Board.