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Meet the Dean

Renée T. White
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences


Renée T. White became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in September 2011. She is a leading expert in issues of gender, race, and HIV/AIDS. Prior to Simmons, White was a professor of sociology and Black studies at Fairfield University, where she was appointed the first academic coordinator for Diversity and Global Citizenship and helped develop Service for Justice, a sophomore residential community focused on diversity and social justice. Her areas of research and teaching include reproductive health, social inequality, sexuality, and social justice, particularly related to women of color. She has served on the board for the Hispanic Health Council Institutional Review Board in Hartford, CT; and has been a member of the American Sociological Association; the Institute for Women's Policy Research; the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society; and the National Black Women's Health Project. White also was a Wye Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and was selected as a Delegate for Vision 2020, a national initiative dedicated to gender equity. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities summer Fellowship in Black film studies. White holds a B.A. from Brown University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.