Dr. Lisa Williams joined the Y in Central Maryland as its first vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Williams brings to the Y her experience as chief equity officer of Fairfax County Schools. In that role, she provided leadership and oversight of efforts to support the school district’s commitment to centering equitable access, developing an anti-racist organizational culture, and creating culturally responsive practices.
Prior to her time at Fairfax, Williams was the first executive director of equity and cultural proficiency for the Baltimore County Public School System for more than 10 years.
In her new role at the Y, Williams will cultivate and support the organization’s efforts to sustain a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for the communities we serve. She will champion the implementation of DEI efforts not only across the organization internally, but also focus on ensuring the integration of DEI strategies and programs into all operations and initiatives.
ABOUT DR. LISA WILLIAMS
I reside in Baltimore County
If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?
I would be a psychologist helping Black people recover from different forms of institutional trauma. I have a background in the topic and the work that I do shows me how important it is that specialized supports are available for different populations.
My favorite vacation is any place that is warm with clear water.
When I want to relax, I … :
When I want to relax I spend time with people who see me and allow me to see them too!
Favorite book and music:
My favorite book is tricky. There’s the book I just released with partners, “Humanity over Comfort: How to Confront Institutional Racism Head On” and a book that I read over and over (because of its resonance for me) is “Color Purple.” I love Jazz of the Coltrane/Davis school.
“For these are all our children, we will profit by or pay for what they become”– James Baldwin