Inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Wentworth Appoints Nicole Price as Inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Boston, Mass.—Nicole G. Price, Esq., of Framingham, Mass., has been appointed Wentworth Institute of Technology’s inaugural vice president for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), effective August 3, 2020. Price brings an impressive 20 years of advocacy work focused on under-served and under-represented populations, including developing and leading comprehensive DEI strategies and programs in higher education, serving as a Title IX coordinator, establishing career pipeline programs, leading admissions, and serving as a legal advocate for immigration and other issues. Most recently, she served as chief executive officer for the Northeast Region and chief equal opportunity and compliance officer at KIDSVAX, LLC, which ensures the funding of vaccines in a five-state region.
“Identifying a leader to partner with me and the Wentworth community to build and implement our Inclusive Excellence initiative has been my top strategic priority,” says Mark A. Thompson, Wentworth’s president.
In her leadership role, Price will strategically lead a comprehensive framework for moving the University forward to create a welcoming and inclusive learning and working environment. She will conduct an audit of policies, practices and procedures to address issues and gaps. She will also implement support services for underrepresented and marginalized populations and develop educational initiatives and programs to build the community’s cultural competencies.
“Wentworth has a powerful active learning model and is not afraid to shift when the world needs change,” says Price. “The University has all the right components in place to lead in the recruitment and retention of a more diverse population in STEM, design and management.”
Prior to her recent work at KIDSVAX, she served as the inaugural chief diversity and inclusion officer at Suffolk University where she developed a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy to align with the core values and strategic imperative of the University, including policies, initiatives, and processes. In addition to these responsibilities, she was the Title IX coordinator. Prior to being promoted to these university-wide leadership roles, Price was the director of Diversity, Inclusiveness and Affinity Relations and later interim dean of Admissions at Suffolk University Law School. She came to Suffolk from Boston University School of Law where she was the associate director for Academic and Multicultural Affairs. Early in her career, she spent six years practicing immigration, bankruptcy, and child abuse and neglect law in both private practice and county governments in Virginia and New York.
Price received her J.D. at the College of William and Mary School of Law and her B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of numerous articles related to DEI, and she is a frequent lecturer on the topic. She currently serves as the Board Chair for New England Blacks in Philanthropy.