Nefertiti Walker Named Director of Diversity and Inclusion at UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management

Nefertiti Walker
Nefertiti Walker

AMHERST, Mass. – Nefertiti Walker, assistant professor of sport management, has been appointed director of diversity and inclusion at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Walker will work closely with Melvin Rodriquez, assistant dean of undergraduate students, and others to continue existing efforts to recruit and retain undergraduates from underrepresented and marginalized populations. She will also work with associate dean Lisa Masteralexis on recruitment and retention of faculty and staff. Among her early goals are to collaborate with the other appointed faculty and staff that are working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across campus, formulate a response to the campus climate survey administered in fall 2016, and going on a listening tour around Isenberg to complement the campus climate survey.

“Maintaining an inclusive and accepting campus climate is everyone’s responsibility, but in this newly created role, Nefertiti will be the appointed person within the School of Management with formal diversity responsibilities,” says Dean Mark A. Fuller.

A member of the faculty in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management since 2011, Walker’s research interests are women in leadership and developing diverse and inclusive cultures in sport organizations. She has more than 40 international publications and presentations. She serves on the Athletic Council at UMass Amherst and works closely with UMass Athletics. Internationally, Walker is co-chair of the diversity committee for the North American Society for Sport Management, serves on the espnW College Advisory Panel and is a member of the LGBT Sports Foundation. Her previous leadership roles include faculty advisor for the Isenberg and McCormack student group Association of Diversity in Sport, member of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center advisory board, and vice president for inclusion and social justice for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports. Her work has been mentioned on, Time Sports and other sport news outlets. She completed both her B.A. and MBA from Stetson University and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Fuller adds, “We are indeed fortunate to have among us a scholar and leader in the area of diversity and inclusion who can play a role in advancing our institution-wide diversity mission.”  

According to the UMass Amherst Office of Institutional Research, 41 percent of Isenberg’s undergraduates are female. Of U.S. citizens, 10 percent are from underrepresented minorities; another 11 percent self-report as Asian or Asian and white. Additionally, 6 percent of Isenberg undergraduates are non-resident alien. More information is available at the Diversity Matters website.

About Isenberg School of Management

Founded in 1947, the Isenberg School of Management on the University of Massachusetts flagship Amherst campus has 42,000 alumni in 72 countries. Isenberg offers its AACSB-accredited courses to 4,500 students on campus, online, and in blended formats. The school’s 3,400 undergraduates major in seven business disciplines, including industry specialties such as hospitality and tourism management and sport management. Over 1,300 students are enrolled in the Isenberg MBA and they can focus their studies in analytics, health care administration, entrepreneurship, finance and marketing. 

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