Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity/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.
As associate vice president for Equity and Diversity/Title IX Coordinator at Seminole State, Coleman-Foster monitors College compliance with federal and state equal opportunity and nondiscrimination regulations. She was an integral part of the Joint Action Committee, the predecessor to the Equity Committee for which she is the executive sponsor. Seminole State College is dedicated to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion 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 diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, believes a key to institutional success is to create an environment where diversity, equity and inclusion are vital components of every decision, policy, procedure and practice at the College.