Director of Administration and Culture

Dominique Lightsey-Joseph

As of Spring 2021, Dominique Lightsey-Joseph, MEd, EdD serves as the Director of Administration and Culture at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Dominique leads efforts to recruit, retain, develop and support our mission-driven staff to pursue our shared goal of achieving better outcomes for kids and families. She also partners and collaborates with staff at every level of the organization to create and support a strong culture of equity, respect, creativity, and excellence.

Prior to joining the center, Dominique spent nearly fifteen years advancing educational equity and access in college admissions. She has served on strategic planning committees and diversity task forces at public and private universities on both coasts. She served as a principal committee member for the strategic plan to diversify the UCLA campus population between 2010-2016, created and conducted institutional bias trainings for USC faculty, staff, and students, and spearheaded external relations experiences that required the coordination of higher education faculty, alumni stakeholders, community-based organizations, K-12 district superintendents and community college senior-leaders.

As an educational leader in the DEI arena, Dominique has researched and reported on how microaggressions and invalidations of employees of color (specifically Black women) impact the likelihood of them applying for senior-level leadership positions in student affairs. She earned a B.A. in English from Florida State University and is a two-time Trojan, having earned both an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of Southern California (USC).

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