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Renée T. White

5/10/2011, 3:39 p.m.

Renée T. White

Renée T. White, Ph.D., a leading expert in gender, race and HIV/AIDS, has been appointed dean of the Simmons College School of Arts and Sciences in Boston. Her appointment begins Sept. 1.

As dean of the Simmons College School of Arts and Sciences, White will lead Simmons’s undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate programs, both of which are known for integrating liberal arts, professional studies and experiential learning.

A prolific writer, White is the co-author of three books including the acclaimed “Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, and Evolutions,” and author of “Putting Risk in Perspective: Black Teenage Lives in the Era of AIDS.”

White now is a professor of sociology and black studies at Fairfield University, where she was appointed the university’s first academic coordinator for Diversity and Global Citizenship, and helped develop Service for Justice, a sophomore residential community focused on diversity and social justice. White was a Wye Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and she was selected as a delegate for Vision 2020, a national initiative dedicated to gender equity.

She received her master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University, and her bachelor’s from Brown University.