LaTanya N. Buck
LaTanya was appointed inaugural Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Princeton University in 2016. She is a member of the Campus Life leadership team and leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion-Campus Life, which houses the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Center; and Women*s Center. Dean Buck is responsible for providing a vision and integrated programs for diversity, equity and inclusion to enhance Campus Life’s mission and goals, as well as to contribute to the achievement of the University's diversity goals.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, LaTanya has served in various diversity leadership roles at many institutions, including founding director of a center for diversity and inclusion. She is impassioned about issues of access, opportunity, and equity for historically marginalized communities and diversity education for all students and those who serve and support them. She has earned degrees in public relations and college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri. She also holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Saint Louis University.
LaTanya lives in Princeton with her son, Raymond. When not working, she enjoys cheering loudly at Raymond’s sporting events, live music (on a stage or through a speaker), dancing “like nobody’s watching”, quality time with loved ones, creative writing, and cooking. Her favorite life quote, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”