Tammi Simpson

Tammi Simpson has been named Hood College's first vice president for community and inclusivity.

Hood College in Frederick has named Tammi Simpson its first vice president for community and inclusivity.

The vice president of community and inclusivity will be responsible for ensuring the well-being of every member of the college and for building a healthy, safe, empowering and inclusive campus climate, including overseeing the Bias Incident Response Team to address reports of bias incidents on campus, according to a news release from the college.

Officials say the position was created to “identify and propose solutions to systematic and singular obstacles that prevent individual growth and well-being.”

Simpson will begin her new role with the college on Aug. 2. She said she is looking forward to it.

“Hood represents the best of what a sound liberal arts education has to offer. It is an exciting and dynamic time to join Hood and to assist in furthering its mission,” she said in a prepared statement.

Simpson previously served as a member of the student affairs senior leadership team at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, where she was responsible for developing and managing student affairs programming for seniors and third-year students.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee and received her juris doctor from the University of Tennessee, College of Law.

Simpson also previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for 15 years as a federal prosecutor in the Western District of Justice, Eastern Division.

Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine said in a statement she is excited for Simpson to begin.

“I am impressed with Tammi’s current work at Washington and Lee and her success in organizing diverse groups to achieve effective systemic change within her community,” she said.

— Katryna Perera

— Mary Grace Keller

— Cumberland Times-News

(6) comments

MD1756

I understand the theory of "inclusivity," but what does it really mean as someone puts it into practice? If one uses the following as a definition of inclusivity: "the fact or policy of not excluding members or participants on the grounds of gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, etc," what does the "etc." mean? Can one be inclusive and yet exclude some such as excluding anyone who has broken the law? Can the federal government be inclusive in it's hiring policies and yet exclude from hiring those who are not citizens? If one has a problem that requires technical skills to solve, is it ok to exclude non-technical people from the problem solving team? It seems like inclusivity means whatever the policy writer wishes it to mean and therefore, it largely becomes meaningless.

Awteam2021

It ain’t 1756 anymore. Including someone is not a “theory” but a practice. If you attend a college you want to feel included especially in a small school. It’s an experience you take through your whole life. Hood College is a private Institution not state. So I don’t get where government applies. If you choose to attend a school you should feel included regardless of gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, etc.

With a moderate acceptance standard, Hood only gathers 13% of the students that apply and they accept. That’s way under performing.

It’s about retention and recruitment. Students and Parents of students what their child to get a good education and feel included, as part of the overall college experience on campus. No, everyone can’t be the pitcher on the baseball team, our be the lead in a play but everyone should feel invited to the game and/or performance in celebrating and supporting of the school’s event. And there’s collegiality, feeling included, welcomed, wanting to participate, making friends for a better college experience and learning how to be included are great tools to take through life. So, who’s excluded? Non Hood students. If you ain’t a-“Blaze” you ain’t on fire 🔥

smithh1

Did you read the article? It has nothing to do with the Baltimore school system. Creating an inclusive environment for all students is a good thing. Good job Hood!

artandarchitecture

I can not wait for Hood to include all the Baltimore City high schoolers who flunked out, but were graduated anyway.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/baltimore-city-schools-no-longer-holding-back-students-failing-grades

Flunking failing kids just wouldn't be inclusive. It would be a federal hate crime per the DOJ.

marinick1

Exacly, artandarchitecture. Hood is either setting them up for failure, or else their degrees will have no meaning.

Awteam2021

Isn’t Hood College a private school? How would it be a federal hate crime? Under Title IX? Hood ranks #11 in Maryland for highest average GPA. Only 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class. College academia is very different then it was 50 years ago. Colleges want students if not immediately prepared, preparable. If deficient in a subject matter they work hard to prepare the student in prep classes rather than place them in credited course that they are not prepared for. Graduation rates are very important.

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