Nolan Young Named to Key Diversity Post
Nolan Young, an attorney and expert on diversity issues,
has been appointed advisor to the president and director
of institutional diversity and equity, a position she will
assume on April 18.
serving as director of human resource development at North
Shore Community College in Danvers, Mass., Young has extensive
experience coordinating initiatives, training and events
around diversity and inclusion. She established an annual
diversity conference and has conducted numerous
workshops and educational sessions on affirmative action,
equal opportunity, prejudice reduction, and compliance with
While at North Shore, Young
served as liaison to the Commonwealth Compact and the New
England Higher Education Recruiting Consortium, as well as
acting director of the Lynn Community Minority Cultural Center.
As a member of the college’s Diversity Leadership
Council, she implemented events for Hispanic Heritage Month,
Black History Month and “One Book,” a library partnership
"I am so pleased that Pamela
will be joining the Smith community," said President Christ.
"She brings extensive experience with diversity and equity
issues, and her work is clearly fueled by a sense of passion
for realizing our potential as a diverse community."
Young’s appointment represents a return to Smith.
While completing an undergraduate degree in government at
Dartmouth College, she spent a year as an exchange student
at Smith, living in Wilder House. Young is also returning
to western Massachusetts, having lived in the area in the
late 1990s while working as an attorney for the Massachusetts
Commission Against Discrimination, in Springfield, and an
assistant district attorney for Hampden County. She was also
an adjunct professor of law at Elms College.
her law degree at the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s
degree in educational leadership at Salem State College in
The was created in 1996 with
the belief that diversity in all aspects of the educational
environment is necessary for achieving the highest level
of academic excellence. In her leadership position, Young
will catalyze strategic thinking about ways to advance
diversity at Smith. The
office administers affirmative action policies, equal opportunity
policies and grievance procedures relative to equity issues.
All matters pertaining to civil rights and disability support
services are also handled by the office.