Meet the OEDIA Staff

Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Vice Provost

Dr. Kim M. LeDuff is Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity & International Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication with a concentration in communication and culture from Indiana University, an M.A. from the University of Maryland-College Park and a B.A. from Xavier University of Louisiana. Prior to coming to UWF in Fall 2013, she was an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi and also taught at Hampton University and her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana. While at USM, Dr. LeDuff was honored by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning as Diversity Educator of the year in 2012. She authored Tales of Two Cities: How Race and Crime Intersect on Local TV News and is co-author of Race and News: Critical Perspectives. She is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

Eryka L. Wallace is the Diversity Initiatives Coordinator for the Office of Equity, Diversity & International Affairs. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from The University of Southern Mississippi.  She serves on the Nautilus Excellence Awards and Festival on the Green Committees and works actively in the community with the March of Dimes.  She is passionate about the planning and implementation of UWF's Diversity Plan and goals.

Administrative Assistant

Maria Colbert serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Equity, Diversity & International Affairs.  Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she came to Pensacola in 2000 to attend the University of West Florida. She has Masters degrees in Leadership Communication and College Student Personnel Administration, and her core concentrations of study were in Diversity Studies.  One of her favorite quotes about diversity is, "Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.  Celebrate it everyday!" (unknown)  She believes we should highlight our differences in order to find the commonalities that make us each uniquely different.