Gyasmine George-Williams, PhD is an activist, socio-cultural practitioner, and Assistant Professor at the University of La Verne in Southern CA. She earned her bachelors in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, masters in College Counseling and Student Development, and masters in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of La Verne, and earned her PhD in Higher Education as well as a certificate in Strengths-Oriented Leadership in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa CA.
Dr. Gyasmine grounds herself and her work in service. Prior to joining La Verne, she served in higher education for twelve years holding leadership and administration positions in athletics, student services, multicultural services, housing, and academic affairs at institutions in Southern California. In addition to serving as faculty, she currently serves on the Faculty in Interest Needs Committee on NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity), and is a board member for the Coalition for the Diaspora for Black Student Athletes (CADSA). At the University of La Verne, she also serves on the Black Scholars Advisory Board, Black Faculty and Staff Association, and is a faculty partner to La Verne’s intercollegiate athletics committee. As a professor and socio-cultural higher education practitioner, she actively equips her students with the tools to engage and develop multicultural competencies, challenge ideologies and formulate a critical lens. At La Verne and previous institutions, she has created formal mentoring programs for students of color aimed at sustaining a safe and welcoming climate for students, faculty and staff.
Over the years she has developed, implemented and lead strategies aimed at building inclusive educational experiences for a meaningful collegiate experience for all students. She believes that every individual has the potential for greatness and makes it her life work to make sure they feel understood, accepted and celebrated. Her scholarship and research includes student activism, anti-deficit counseling approaches to students of color, advancing women of color faculty, and critical race theory in higher education.
She is a frequent presenter at conferences throughout North America and internationally, including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), the Black Student Athlete Summit, International Activism Conference, Advancing Women in Leadership Conference, and at the University of Western Cape in South Africa.
Dr. G has created research-based models curated to honor and center the experiences of activists. The Activism Growth Model™ a guide for activists in this very timely moment on how to utilize their voices for change. Her second model, The Black Athlete Activist Leadership™ model is designed to enable stakeholders (including coaches, administrators, and institutions and the broader community) to serve athlete activists and activists of color holistically. She is also the founder of GGW Consulting, consulting rooted in advocacy.