Meet the Staff
Several functions that were once handled inside of OED have transitioned to other areas. To view a detailed listing of these subjects, please see Who Does What in Equity and Diversity.
Michael Alston, EdD, CCDP/AP
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity Diversity & Student Rights
Dr. Alston’s employment within The University of Tennessee System spans 25 years with stints at UT- Martin, UT-Knoxville, and UT Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Michael's work experience in higher education encompasses residence life administration, student recruitment and admissions, undergraduate instruction, employee relations, student conduct administration and equity and diversity.
He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Martin earning a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Educational Psychology and Guidance. Michael also has an earned doctorate in higher education administration from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in addition to a professional certificate/certification in Diversity Management from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.
Michael is a native of Brighton, Tennessee in Tipton County and graduate of Munford High School.
Kristan Tucker, JD, MS
Senior Equity Compliance Specialist
Upon joining UTHSC in 2014, Kristan Tucker serves as the Senior Equity Compliance Specialist for the Office of Equity and Diversity. Prior to working at UTHSC, Kristan worked for a law firm. Additionally, she taught at a variety of Universities focusing on interpersonal and organizational communication as well as rhetoric.
Within the Office of Equity and Diversity, Kristan’s duties primarily include gathering information on internal discrimination claims, conducting investigations, negotiation corrective action settlements, and developing and preparing narrative reports. She also provides direction and training to members of the University community in accordance with anti-discrimination laws and hiring policies and procedures to minimize the University’s legal liability concerning: harassment, discrimination, retaliation, sexual assault prevention, affirmative action, Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX.
Kristan holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from West Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas. Additionally, she holds a J.D. from Liberty University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee.
Kristan is a native of Texas.
Ethics Compliance Specialist
Dustin Fulton serves as an Ethics Compliance Specialist for the Office of Equity and Diversity. He joined UTHSC in 2014. Previously, Dustin worked for a local law firm. He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Memphis.
Within the Office of Equity and Diversity, his duties primarily include non-academic student conduct administration, training to the university community, and conducting investigations. He provides direction in the evaluation of discrimination or harassment claims of varying degrees relevant to Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX.
Additionally, Dustin assists in reviewing and auditing faculty and executive administrative search processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AA laws and guidelines, UT policies and procedures, and federal requirements.
Ashleigh Brock, J.D.
Diversity Management Specialist
Ashleigh Brock serves as the Diversity Management Specialist for the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in 2014. Previously, Ashleigh worked at several law firms and served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Walter L. Evans, Chancellor of Shelby County Chancery Court Part I (2011-2012).
Within the Office of Equity and Diversity, her duties principally include supporting the development and implementation of programs and practices that encourage diversity awareness, skill building, and institutional compliance with ADA/Section 504 and Title IX. In addition, Ashleigh assists in ensuring compliance with the university's Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity programs, federal and state laws and institutional policies and procedures through interpretation, analysis, and advice.
Ashleigh holds a B.A. in History and minor in Political Science from Hampton University. Additionally, she holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Ashleigh is a native of Nashville, Tennessee.
Administrative Services Assistant
Ann Denise Steverson started here at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in June of 2005. Starting out as a Temp in the General Clinical Research Center, and then moving to the Department of Medicine working with the Division of Dermatology as the Administrative Service Assistant.
As an Administrative Services Assistant her role is to develop, implement and maintain operations in Equity and Diversity, to make decisions that fall in the established practices and procedures for Equity and Diversity and UTHSC, and to greet and assist students, staff, faculty, and general public needing assistance from OED.
Denise is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.
Kamaria Robinson, MS
Coordinator, Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals
Kamaria Robinson, MS joined UTHSC in 2014 and is Coordinator for the Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals (TIP), and an educational specialist for Student Academic Support Services. She has professional experience in student affairs & career counseling, academic advising & teaching, sales & recruiting, marketing & public relations, as well as events management. Previously, she worked at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, WKRN-News2 in Nashville, TN, and Lipscomb University in the College of Pharmacy and the Career Development Center.
As coordinator of TIP, Kamaria aims to lead a top-notch pre-professional program that identifies competitive undergraduate students, from underserved communities, who want to enter professional healthcare careers; and, to assist as they build a solid foundation for their successful matriculation into professional programs. She serves as a liaison between UTHSC and minority communities across Tennessee.
Kamaria is an alumna of Tennessee State University and completed her coursework for a Master’s of Science in Psychology at Lipscomb University. She is currently pursuing certification in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy with the William Glasser Institute.
She is a native of Memphis and attended high school at Harding Academy of Memphis.
Travis Liggins, MA
Program Coordinator, Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals
Travis joined UTHSC in 2014 and serves as the Tennessee Institutes for Pre-Professionals (TIP) Program Coordinator. Additionally, Travis splits his time with Student Academic Support Services (SASS) as an Educational Specialist. He has professional experience in diversity and inclusion initiatives, academic and career counseling, teaching, pre-collegiate summer achievement programs, and program coordination.
As the Program Coordinator for TIP, Travis works to recruit and develop pre-health students from underserved communities aiming to enter professional healthcare careers. This includes, but not limited to, providing internships, counseling, skills development workshops, and school examination test preparation.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Travis is a graduate of Overton High School. He is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a B.A. degree in Psychology, and The Ohio State University with a M.A. degree in Educational Leadership and Policy.
Health Career Programs Coordinator
Cynthia has been with UTHSC since 2011, and with the UT system since 2006. Prior to joining OED, she was the Graduate Program Coordinator for the College of Pharmacy. She has held previous positions in the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and the Student Success Center at UT-Knoxville.
As coordinator of Health Career Programs, Cynthia works to facilitate the increase of underrepresented groups in the health professions. Her duties include program coordination and implantation, student recruitment, student relations, event planning, annual reporting, maintenance of the alumni database, payroll, and other financial duties.
Cynthia is originally from Brantford, Ontario, Canada, but has since lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Knoxville, and now, Memphis. She is an alumna of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where she received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.
Health Career Programs is located in the basement of the General Education Building, room BB9.