University administrator, diversity champion and mom of four, Joelle Amy Murchison seems to have mastered the art of balancing career, family and community service. She holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University, and two master's, from Harvard Graduate School of Education and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, respectively. And as Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Connecticut’s flagship Top 20 public research university, she has found a way to incorporate all of her interests - education, inclusion, policy, and communications - into her work.
Joelle's attitude of unapologetic leadership can be credited to her upbringing. Her mother paved the way to being a trailblazer by becoming the first African-American woman manager of the Social Security Administration in the 1970s. Education was a priority so Joelle's mother moved the Queens, NY native to Malverne, LI where she would attend some of the best schools. After graduating from Malverne High School and obtaining degrees from Brown and Harvard, Joelle began a career in higher education and the nonprofit sector. While completing her third degree from Syracuse, she transitioned to corporate America. Yet, last year Joelle found herself returning to where her true passions lie, in higher education.
Joelle's commitment to service doesn’t stop when she leaves the UCONN campus nor does it go unnoticed. She is a proud life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Hartford Alumnae Chapter and a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association - two organizations that provide countless opportunities to for her give back. For her service, Joelle has received numerous awards, including but not limited to the 2015 Women in Business Summit Hall of Fame award, and Travelers’ coveted Chairman’s Award in 2013. She was named a Top Executive in Diversity by Black Enterprise magazine in both 2011 and 2014. Most recently, Joelle was named to the inaugural class of 100 Women of Color in Connecticut and was recognized by the Small Business Night Out organization as a Leading Executive. Joelle also serves on the Board of Directors of the Morgan State University Foundation, College Possible, and the Amistad Center for Art and Culture.
Joelle is passionate about [young] people and is committed to encouraging them to reach their highest potential. In her spare time, she is diligently developing ExecMommy - an inclusion, communications, leadership, and coaching practice with a mission to help women achieve balanced success. She lives in Connecticut with her family including her four amazing children. Together, the family attends and volunteers [at] Faith Congregational Church, UCC.