Associate Vice President for Organizational Culture and Strategy/Title IX Coordinator
Barbara Coleman-Foster joined Seminole State College in August 2003 as a member of the Mathematics Department. Prior to joining Seminole State, she taught at a community college in Kentucky after earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Kentucky State University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky. She later earned a graduate certificate in community college education from the University of Central Florida and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate from the Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education at the University of South Florida.
Since joining Seminole State, Coleman-Foster has been involved in dozens of diversity trainings and initiatives and has worked on several subcommittees and task forces related to student success. Coleman-Foster served as director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Seminole State from 2017–2021. During her time as director, she implemented the Adjunct Faculty Service Recognition, the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence and Summer HEAT. With the support of departments across the College, she facilitated Faculty Center-sponsored workshops on implicit bias, equity, diversity in the classroom, equitable classroom practices, syllabus redesign and guided pathways. She also was an integral part of the Joint Action Committee, the predecessor to the Equity Committee for which, in her current role, she is the executive sponsor.
As associate vice president for organizational culture and strategy/Title IX coordinator at Seminole State, Coleman-Foster works with departments and individuals collegewide to ensure Seminole State is on track to meet or exceed its strategic goals and to identify initiatives that align with the College’s mission and vision. She also monitors College compliance with federal and state equal opportunity and nondiscrimination regulations and works to ensure the College provides a safe and welcoming environment for students, employees and visitors. As such, Barbara welcomes members of the College community to contact her with ideas, recommendations or concerns.
Seminole State College is dedicated to promoting access, opportunity, and equitable outcomes not only amongst employees and students at the College, but also in the communities we serve. Coleman-Foster, who is responsible for coordinating and facilitating collegewide engagement and belonging initiatives, believes a key to institutional success is to create an environment where engagement, belonging and a culture of excellence are vital components of every decision, policy, procedure and practice at the College.