University at Buffalo

Raechele L. Pope (She/Her/Hers)

Raechele L. Pope

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Student Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer



Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; Administration/Management; Cultural Competence and Humility; Diversity; Equity and Poverty; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Leadership; Multicultural Competence; Higher Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Social Justice; Organizational Change

Contact Information
482 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1098

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Professional Summary:

My scholarship interests, research, and publications generally focus on a social and organizational analysis of equity, access, inclusion, and engagement. I examine the components of a multicultural environments and the necessary, concrete strategies, competencies, evaluation, and practices to create and maintain such campus environments. Specifically, my scholarship focuses on understanding and re-examining the core assumptions, theories, and organizational structures and practices of student affairs. My scholarship has challenged (a) the assumptions of how the field defines professional competence and efficacious practice, (b) the nature of traditional planned change strategies used in student affairs, and (c) the relevance of student development theories for students of color.

Education and Training:
  • EdD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Awards and Honors:
  • 2020 Research and Scholarship Sawubona Award; ACPA, Pan African Network; 2020-03-04;
  • Senior Scholar Diplomate; ACPA - College Students Educators International; 2020-03-03;
  • 2019 Dean's Apple Award; GSE; 2019-01-01;
  • STAR Faculty Award for Advising; GSE; 2019-01-01;
  • Contribution to Knowledge; American College Personnel Association (ACPA) - College Student Educators International; 2017-03-27;
Recent Publications:
  • Pope, R. L., Reynolds, A. L., Mueller, J. A. (2019). Multicultural competence in student affairs: Advancing social justice and inclusion. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Journal Special Issue:
  • Duran, A., Pope, R. L., & Jones, S. R. (2019). The necessity of intersectionality as a framework to explore queer and trans student retention. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice. First published online at: DOI: 10.1177/1521025119895510
Journal Article:
  • Pope, R. L., Reynolds, A., & Mueller, J. A. (2019). A change is gonna come: Embracing paradigm shifts to dismantle oppressive structures. Journal of College Student Development, 60, 659-673.
Book Chapter:
  • Pope, R. L., & Mueller, J. A. (2017). Multicultural Change and Competence. In J. Schuh, S. Jones, and V. Torres (Eds.), Student services: A handbook for the profession (6th ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Pope, R. L., & Reynolds, A. L. (2019, October 2). Multicultural competence in student affairs: Advancing social justice and inclusion. [Webinar]. In Higher Education Student Affairs Live.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Pope, R. L., & Reynolds, A. L. (2021, February). Creating an inclusive curriculum. Invited campus-wide presentation as part of the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence, Inclusive Pedagogy Series.;
  • Pope, R. L. & Ng, J. (2021, December). Becoming a DEI Administrator. ASHE Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) Academic Leadership Workshop [Virtual].;
  • Chang, M., Pope, R. L., Rendón, L., & Tuitt, F. (2020, November). Advancing equity and justice in higher education: Where have we been, where do we need to go. ASHE Council on Ethnic Participation Closing Panel of Senior Scholars, ASHE National conference. [Virtual].;
  • Mueller, J. A., & Pope, R. L. (2020). Cultural diplomats as multicultural change agents [Conference session]. Transatlantic Dialogue, Luxembourg. (Conference canceled – COVID-19);
  • Pope, R.L., Rodao, C., Garvins, J. R., & Colak, F. Z. (2020, December). Racial inequality in higher education: Challenges and opportunities for access, inclusion, and equity. Racial Inequality in Higher Education: A Fulbright Transatlantic Conversation. [Virtual];
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Board, SUNY Press
  • Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Reviewer
Professional Service:
  • ACPA Senior Scholar Executive Board

Contact Information

482 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1098

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