Holley Locher is chief of staff for the University of Minnesota College of Design, and is recognized in the college as a champion of advancing diversity. Holley has a master’s and Ph.D. in educational policy and administration, and says her time in CEHD taught her to see, question, and challenge institutional discrimination. Within the College of Design, she has instituted new hiring practices and created a stronger community to promote inclusion. Holley has also become a campus leader for equity issues, participating in the Diversity Community of Practice and guiding cross-unit conversations.
Chief of Staff, University of Minnesota College of Design
M.A., Educational Policy & Administration, 2006
Ph.D., Educational Policy & Administration, 2013
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The friendships I developed with my classmates when we were studying for our doctoral written prelims. And then, of course, passing the written prelims.
OLPD 8702 – Administration and Leadership in Higher Education with Dr. Melissa Anderson
OLPD 5721 – Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education with Dr. Rebecca Ropers-Huilman
Via my studies in CEHD, I developed my passion for equity and diversity, particularly in higher education. I learned to see, question, and challenge institutional discrimination; I gained empathy and understanding for those different than me; and I learned how theory, research, and practice can merge to improve equity for all.
Dr. Rebecca Ropers-Huilman
Run or yoga
Funny, smart, hard-working, sarcastic, personable, adventurous
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
I read, travel, and socialize with others.
I never had wisdom teeth, so I'm very likely the next step in evolution.