Tiffany Speaks is the Center for Diversity and Inclusion Contact at American University in Washington, DC.
Tiffany joined American University in June 2007 and was promoted to Senior Director in 2012. Known as “CDI” this university department received an Innovation Award, recognizing “exceptional achievements.” Tiffany’s day-to-day work intersects AU data with forward-thinking educational models. She actively collaborates with students, staff, faculty and the alumni community–all committed to student success.
Born in Tachikawa, Japan but raised in Roanoke, VA, Tiffany deeply appreciates the diversity of individual voices, aspirations, and journeys. Her own career experiences are diverse and inclusive, including former work as Director of Multicultural Affairs, Director of Women’s Outreach Center, Assistant Editor for Newsweek Japan, and several teaching positions including at AU. With a love of languages and travel, Tiffany’s fun fact is that with strategic planning she met her goal of visiting the seven continents before age 40. She has received degrees in: EdD, Vanderbilt University, Higher Education Leadership & Policy; MS, Columbia University, Journalism; MA, Stanford University, East Asian Studies; BA, Duke University, Political Science; and Favorite Spot on Campus.
Tiffany is the daughter of Arnold and Diane Speaks (of Roanoke’s She’s International Boutique). They are very proud of her accomplishments.