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Tia Sherèe Gaynor

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

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Location: Cincinnati, OH
Start Year: 2023
TRHT Pillar: Separation


Dr. Tia Sherèe Gaynor is an associate professor in leadership and management at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the UMN faculty, Dr. Gaynor was an associate professor of political science and founding director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at the University of Cincinnati. 

Dr. Gaynor is a community-engaged scholar immersed in equity and inclusion. Her work explores the intersection of social justice, local government and identity. More specifically, focusing on the ways identity-based narratives, negative social constructions and decision-making lead to inequitable outcomes for people of color, those who identify as LGBTQIA, and people at the intersections of these and other identities. Her most recent work sits at the nexus of mindfulness, intergroup dialogue and racial healing to explore avenues toward equity and justice. In its entirety, Dr. Gaynor’s scholarship offers a critical analysis of hegemony and argues against the normative assumptions embedded in the traditional theory and practice of public and nonprofit administration. 

As co-founder of Praxis Matters LLC, a consulting firm that supports organizations that meet their equity and justice goals, Dr. Gaynor pairs empirical knowledge with practical solutions to center equity within organizations. She has designed and delivered a host of trainings, executed equity-centered strategic plans and conducted equity assessments. Dr. Gaynor brings with her more than 20 years of professional experience in nonprofit administration, research and evidenced-based curriculum development.

Future Focus

As a member of Culture of Health Leaders Institute for Racial Healing’s second cohort, Dr. Gaynor plans to deepen her work focused on mindfulness, compassion and justice. This work seeks to facilitate self-care, community wellness and racial healing in communities with a focus on strengthening individual and collective radical hope, critical consciousness and the mental and physical strength to sustain efforts of resistance. She also plans to continue building offerings of mindfulness and healing for public servants and nonprofit professionals that strengthen the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to help reduce implicit bias and the role negative social constructions play in discriminatory and inequitable decision-making and policymaking and implementation.

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