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Dr. Amber Holton-Thomas

Dr. Amber Holton-Thomas joined the department in 2017. She is responsible for outreach and partnership with students, faculty and staff to build intersectional programs and initiatives toward a more inclusive campus. Amber also works with staff and students to create and assess strategic goals and outcomes for the office. Amber supervises a growing team of Assistant Directors, dedicated to student advisement, programming, education, and support.

At the core of Amber’s professional and personal philosophy, is the belief that every person has the capacity to lead, we do our best work when in collaboration with others, and that we grow the most when we are in spaces where we can engage in dialogue across differing identities. Amber brings experiences from the Center for Leadership & Social Change (FSU), doing integrated work across leadership, social identity, and community engagement as well as experiences from the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (NYU) with Peer Education teams.

Amber grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and completed her education at Capital University (BA – Spanish and Psychology, 2005), New York University (MA – Higher Education, 2007), and Florida State University (PhD – Higher Education and Public Policy, 2019). Her research interests focus on college students aged 24 and older, women in higher education, feminist and womanist theory, and federal aid policy for low-income students. She enjoys writing letters, refurbishing her vintage typewriter, running, traveling the world, and spending quality time with her husband and their pets, Vladimir (Russian Blue cat), Einstein (Schnerrier mix dog), and Soju (Black Molly fish). She is also an active member with the Xi Gamma chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated.

Contact Amber at 703.993.2700 or