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Susan D. Toliver, Ph.D., CFLE

Susan D. Toliver, Ph.D., CFLE, is Professor of the Department of Sociology and Co-coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., where she previously held the positions of Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Science and Coordinator of Peace and Justice Education. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of specialization include multicultural diversity, family especially work-family intersections, race and ethnic relations, sociological theory, and sex and gender studies. She has written about and researched U.S. families, particularly African American families, multicultural organizational development and other subjects.
She is a member of several professional associations and is a past president of the New York State Council on Family Relations. She serves on the Boards of and/or volunteers with organizations including Educating Every Child, the National Visionary Leadership Project, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Clark University Admissions Program, Church of Holy Spirit Social Concerns Committee, the Newberry College Literacy Program and others. She has done extensive work in multiculturalism, directing faculty as well as corporate employee development activities; leading workshops; conducting seminars; and evaluating departmental, multi-institutional, and state-wide multicultural diversity projects. She is an AIDS activist and has conducted seminars and workshops on the subject as well as developed AIDS educational outreach materials for African American women. She is a former member of Jack and Jill, Stamford-Norwalk Chapter and co-chaired its Community Service Committee.
Dr. Toliver has worked as a consultant for and/or has given presentations to such organizations as the New York City Board of Education, the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, the Metropolitan Area Minority Employees (MAME) organization and the Black Women’s Leadership Council of Xerox Corporation, IBM, Bayer Diagnostics, the Westport Country Playhouse, and United Way. She has published numerous articles and book chapters related to the family, multicultural diversity and various aspects of black life and culture. She has received numerous awards including in 2011, the Urban League of Southern Connecticut Women’s Leadership Award, in 2013 was the recipient of the American Council on Education, New York State, Women’s Empowerment Award, and in 2015 the Urban League of Connecticut Community Service Award. She was appointed to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) of the Connecticut General Assembly in 2013 and chairs its Governance and Nominating Committee.
Dr. Toliver is the author of BLACK FAMILIES IN CORPORATE AMERICA, Sage Publications.