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michael alston 

Michael Alston, EdD, CCDP/AP
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Alston’s employment within The University of Tennessee System spans 30+ 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 BS in Psychology and MS 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.

lauren rotonda 

Lauren Rotonda, JD, MBA
Compliance Officer, Accommodations/EEO/Title IX

Lauren Rotonda serves as Compliance Officer within the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in 2017. Previously, Lauren worked in health science administration and the private legal sector.

As Compliance Officer, Lauren’s duties primarily include activities which promote and facilitate institutional compliance with ADA/Section 504, conducting investigations, developing and implementing programs which promote diversity and inclusion, and reviewing and auditing faculty and executive administration search processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AA laws and guidelines, UT policies and procedures, and federal requirements. 

Lauren is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received a BA and MBA from the University of New Mexico, and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis School of Law.


olivia ralph 

Olivia Ralph, JD
Compliance Officer, Investigations/EEO/Title IX

Olivia Ralph serves as Compliance Officer within the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in March 2018. Previously, Olivia worked in human resource management for a local company and in local municipal administration.

As Compliance Officer, Olivia assists in the overall management of institutional compliance covering faculty, staff, students, medical residents and post docs in the secondary role of civil rights investigator, deputy Title IX investigator, deputy EEO coordinator, and diversity and inclusion presenter. She collaborates with University offices, governmental agencies, and advocacy groups to inform decision-making and ensure University compliance with state and federal mandates. 

Olivia is a native of Memphis. She attended the University of Memphis where she received a BA in philosophy and also earned a Juris Doctor. 


dominique crockett 

Dominique Crockett, MHA
Sr. Administrative Specialist, Compliance Assurance

Dominique Crockett serves as Sr. Administrative Specialist, Compliance Assurance in the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in September 2018. Previously, Dominique worked in governmental health administration and the nonprofit sector.

As senior administrative specialist, Dominique ensures compliance with Title IX and Title VI through programming, data collection, reporting, assisting with investigations and EEO/AA recruiting, and other OED business functions. She also serves as the Taleo subject matter expert for faculty and executive search processes, in addition to being knowledgeable about UTHSC search procedures to assist search committees. 

Originally from Illinois, Dominique attended Southern University A&M, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she received a BA in Biology. She earned her Master of Health Administration from Louisiana State University.


kirsha smith 

Tiffinie Snowden
OED Assistant

Tiffinie Snowden is the Office of Equity and Diversity Assistant, and she joined UTHSC in June 2019.  As the OED Assistant, Tiffinie is responsible for performing a wide range of duties to ensure smooth daily operations, effective administration, and clear communications. 

Specifically, Tiffinie facilitates optimal interaction between OED and students, trainees, staff and faculty for scheduling appointments, assists with the coordination of programs/projects and intake of complex and sensitive confidential information, composes and drafts documents and correspondence for presentations, processes a variety of financial transactions and accesses, and creates and retrieves information across various information management platforms. 

Tiffinie obtained her BA at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, in Anthropology with a certificate in Cultural Diversity in Healthcare. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she moved to Memphis to pursue her MA in Applied Anthropology with a medical concentration at the University of Memphis.

Last Published: Nov 15, 2019