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Dr. Avina I. Ross (she|her|hers) is a Black cisgender woman, sister, advocate, and the mother of Langston Rise. She has worked in the domestic and sexual violence field for 16+ years. Former employers include Princeton University, U.S. Department of Justice, and Virginia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  Dr. Ross's most recent publications include, "No weapon formed against us shall prosper: Politics of self-care for womx/en of color" (in press) and "Angry Advocate Revelations: Standpoints and Lessons From One Black Feminist Womxn in Student Affairs" (2022). Some of her professional experiences have been co-featured in articles published by The Daily Princetonian and Inside Higher Ed. She continues to lean into risky sharing and vulnerability about lived experiences to foster healing and solidarity and to encourage organizational accountability, social justice, and systemic change.


A Message from Dr. Ross:

After spending many years working in violence prevention/response, I am thrilled to venture out on my own to help organizations uplift diversity, equity, inclusion and wellbeing (DEI+W).  Approaches and practices that are aligned with DEI+W can require tough conversations; deep, personal, and collaborative reflexive work; and varied levels of organizational change.  It is my mission to facilitate this work in candid and supportive ways, but also on behalf of the marginalized groups who will ultimately benefit from improved services.  For more information about my experience, expertise and affiliations, please reach out to me directly or review my curriculum vita

I look forward to working with you!

Photo of Dr. Ross with teal hair bangs and sunglasses
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