Paris, is a Chicago native who is among the vanguard of those advancing social change. He joined VCU as Special Assistant for LGBTQ Initiatives and is currently the Senior LGBTQ Equity Officer in Equity and Access services at the institution. Paris holds an M.B.A. in Social Change in conjunction with Clark University’s (Worcester, MA) noted International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) Department.
Having engaged respective to a range of diversity, equity and social justice issues in the public, private, nonprofit and higher education contexts, he has been featured in national media outlets such as GLAAD publications, Jet Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine and MSNBC. Prior to joining VCU, Mr. Prince instructed Socially Responsible Leadership courses in the College of Business at Mississippi State University and also led as Director of Inclusion at GlobeMed within the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University.
This post is part of a partnership between GayRVA and Diversity Richmond to feature honoree’s of Diversity’s first LGBTQ+ Black History Month series. Honorees were asked to share their stories in their own words. We’ll be posting more honorees as the month continues. Photo provided by Harron Fells
Ryland was born in Richmond, VA. He graduated cum laude from Benedictine High School and matriculated through Wake Forest University where he became a devoted “Demon Deacon” and president of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Upon college graduation, Ryland entered the U.S. Army serving for four years as a Quartermaster. He later began a career [...]