GWU Welcomes New Director of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives

JeNai Davis Brings Experience in Higher Education and Non-Profit Leadership to Position

GWU Welcomes New Director of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives

JeNai Davis, of Greensboro, N.C., is the new director of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives at Gardner-Webb. This office was created in 2018 by GWU to serve the needs of the various ethnic groups within the student body through programs designed to promote intercultural understanding, awareness, and collaboration. Davis begins on July 13 to prepare for the fall semester.

“I am thrilled to welcome JeNai to Gardner-Webb,” shared Dr. Sarah Currie, vice president of Student Development and dean of students. “She brings experience, education, and professionalism to this position, which will make her a valuable addition to the University and for our students. I am excited to see how JeNai continues the expansion of Gardner-Webb’s diversity programs and how she connects with our students.”

Davis currently serves as the primary assistant to the director of Lyceum and Multicultural Programs at Wingate. The Lyceum Series is comprised of cultural and scholarly events students attend during their time at Wingate. She helps coordinate the events and provides support in various ways.

“I love the small college environment; along with this, I want to empower Gardner-Webb students and hear their ideas and concerns regarding diversity and inclusion on their campus and aide and help them in the process of seeing these visions come to light,” Davis affirmed. “My goal is to bring light to topics that are often avoided or swept under the rug. I’m extremely excited to be a part of the GWU community and bring a new perspective not only to the campus, but the community as well.”

Davis graduated from Wingate in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services and a minor in sociology. She receives her master’s degree this month from Purdue University Global.

In addition to her background in higher education, Davis has worked at Camp Carefree in Stokesdale, N.C. The non-profit camp provides a free one-week camping experience for kids with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Since 2017, she has served as a program director, managing staff and volunteers to ensure campers have fun and their medical needs are met. “I’m very passionate about the importance of having tough conversations with others,” Davis observed. “Camp Carefree gave me a true understanding of how those with disabilities are oftentimes excluded from society, and it’s important to incorporate programming to expose others to their community and allow their voices to be heard as well.”

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