Listen Now - The Essence of DEI: Maneuvering the Nuts & Bolts
When you’re the first person of color in your role, how do you promote a culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? H.E.A.R.D host, Tashana Curtis invites Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Administration and University Registrar Patricia A. Scott to the pod to talk about her experience building a culture of belonging in the workplace as the first person of color to serve as University Registrar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Ms. Scott talks about how her own identity and experiences has shaped her approach to building an inclusive workplace; approach to policy development; and what she wishes she could tell her 18-year-old self now.
Patricia A. Scott, a native of Baltimore City, currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Administration and University Registrar at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB). In this role she manages the university office of financial assistance which during fiscal year 2021, awarded $184,325,975 in funding to over 7000 students. As the first person of color to serve as University Registrar, Ms. Scott ensures that all policies regarding student enrollment and residency are applied and implemented. Ms. Scott uses her role to show the importance of students receiving adequate financial aid and how that impacts their enrollment, academic success and on time graduation.
Ms. Scott serves as ex-officio member of the UMB Campus Review Committee, the UMB president’s designated committee, to review instate residency appeals, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Financial Aid Advisory Committee, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators FAFSA Simplification Implementation Working Group.
With over 30 years of experience in higher education, Ms. Scott is an active in other community organizations and her church. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Annually she participates in a number of outreach activities assisting families and students to navigate through the financial aid process focusing her efforts on first generation college students. Ms. Scott has received numerous awards for her assistance to students and her service to student organizations. Her strong commitment of service to others is one of her core values.