Elavie Ndura

Vice President, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Vice President Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Dr. Elavie Ndura is Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Professor of Education at Gallaudet University. In this capacity, she leads Gallaudet's development and implementation of its diversity and inclusion strategic goals, directs institutional visioning and capacity building for inclusive excellence policies and actions, and coordinates institutional response to diversity-related community conflicts and crises.

Before joining Gallaudet University, she led inclusive excellence initiatives for twelve years at George Mason University where she was a tenured full professor of education and presidential fellow for diversity and inclusion.

She is a transformational leader, practitioner, and scholar with over 30 years of hands-on transnational expertize and proven impact in developing capacities for inclusive diversity, educational equity, intercultural and cross-cultural competency, and peacemaking leadership in diverse communities around the world. She brings well-rounded domestic and global multidisciplinary competencies and practice in transformative multicultural education. She has demonstrated proven ability to develop and lead institutional diversity education programs for inclusive excellence, build positive working relationships within and across constituencies, mentor colleagues and students, and facilitate courageous intergroup dialogue across difference. She has exceptional interpersonal, communication, reflective, and problem-solving skills.

She has extensive experience in networking and collaborating with diverse constituencies and populations; soliciting and utilizing feedback, and developing consensus among groups and constituencies with diverging priorities and perspectives. She has proven commitment to teamwork and collaboration, and strong background in facilitating and cultivating relationships among and across groups and organizations.

Professor Ndura’s signature interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and practice that integrate intercultural peace education and conflict prevention and transformation have been featured in her six books, more than 30 book chapters and professional journal articles, as well as numerous invited presentations, workshops, and keynotes highlighting the central role of formal and non-formal education in peacebuilding and conflict management.

A Fulbright Senior Specialist for education, peace education, and conflict prevention & transformation, Professor Ndura is the recipient of many awards including the 2010-2011 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s 2011 Peace Educator of the Year Award, the 2008 United Burundian Community Association Imboneza Award, and the 2004 Reno-Sparks NAACP Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Award. 

She holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University, USA; a Masters of Education in Teaching English for Specific Purposes from the University of Exeter, England; a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Social Sciences with emphasis in English Language and Literature from the University of Burundi; and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Advanced Skills from George Mason University.

In her spare time, Dr. Ndura, also known in the community as MamaStar, her African name, enjoys spending time with her family, particularly playing with her grandsons, reading biographies and writing poetry, serving in her Church callings, and going on long walks.

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