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Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dr. Ashton Murray is the strategic leader, subject matter expert, and change agent for diversity initiatives. Responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating Rockefeller’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, Dr. Murray establishes and drives efforts that build a more inclusive community by implementing a strategic DEI plan to enhance recruitment, retention and development of a diverse faculty, staff, postdocs and student body. He also creates and administers programs and activities that integrate excellence and equity into the fiber of the university and serves as a highly engaged advocate for the campus community.
Before joining Rockefeller, Dr. Murray was DEI director at New York University Langone Medical Center where he led DEI initiatives within the graduate school focusing on recruitment and retention and served as a trusted consultant on diversity interventions implemented at the faculty and departmental levels. Prior to that, he worked at Duke University where he developed training programs in cultural competency and diversity for the schools’ leadership, and at the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on efforts to improve diversity and inclusion. Dr. Murray has a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership, from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Divinity from Wake forest University, focusing on ethics and morality.
Ahram Kim helps to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse university community and works closely with cross-functional stakeholders to further increase DEI objectives. She works internally to assess, create and deliver DEI training and programs, in addition to establishing and implementing DEI best practices. Kim’s efforts also extend beyond the Rockefeller community to promote STEM interests in potential faculty, staff and students of diverse backgrounds.
Kim brings over eight years of professional experience in healthcare, city government and nonprofit. Before joining Rockefeller in 2022, Kim was the Senior Project Manager in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at NYC Health + Hospitals. Prior to that, she was the Language Access Coordinator at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. During her tenure at the Health Department, she was a founding member and Secretary-Treasurer of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group and was also a member of the Race to Justice Workforce Equity and Inclusion Workgroup that focused on embedding a racial and social justice lens on employee retention activities. Before that, she was a community organizer at the MinKwon Center for Community Action, and an AmeriCorps apprentice at Public Allies/Center for Neighborhood Leadership. Kim received her BA, double majoring in Politics and Spanish Literature, from New York University.
Kelly Ann Turner develops and maintains administrative processes to best support the organizational objectives of the ODEI. She reports directly to the Chief Diversity Officer/Vice President of DEI, supporting his and the department’s day-to-day needs, including, calendar/agenda management, scheduling, document review and management, budget reconciliation, event planning and welcoming committee support, as well as serving as a contact/liaison and department resource for students, postdocs, staff and faulty.
Turner has more than 20 years experience providing support to leadership of nonprofit organizations, including working as the Development Coordinator at the Environment Defense Fund, managing the board of Trustees for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and working as an administrative coordinator at Pfizer, Inc. She also spent several years in sales with Cummins Engine Company. Turner majored in Psychology at Morgan State University.
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