Tennille T. Haynes has over 13 years of student affairs experience and currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion and Director of the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding at Princeton University. Tennille works closely with senior administrators and affinity center directors to advance co-curricular learning for the entire Princeton community, including students, faculty, and staff. In addition to leading the strategic and programmatic directions of the CAF Center, Tennille is an adviser and educator for students and a consulting resource for faculty and staff on diversity, inclusion, social justice, and community. Additionally, Tennille supports her team in creating inclusive spaces for students with marginalized identities (via interdepartmental advocacy/collaboration efforts; mentorship and fellowship programs; welcoming physical spaces that honor multicultural social justice leaders). Furthermore, she directs culturally relevant education, celebrations, and awareness programs and hosts campus affiliate and student retreats to cultivate experiential learning about race and ethnicity, class, civic engagement, and leadership development.
Hailing from The Bronx, New York, Tennille earned her M.Ed. from Utica College and Bachelors in History from Stony Brook University. She is passionate about creating equitable access to education for underserved students and creating spaces of solidarity and culture to empower students of color. Tennille is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education program at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education. Tennille is committed to expanding scholarship that centers on the experiences and development of students of color at predominantly white institutions concerning the examinations of systems, structures, and policies that have historically excluded marginalized communities.