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‘Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D.

Dimeji Togunde
Panelist: The Politics of Environmental Sustainability and its Impact on Global Health

'Dimeji Togunde is a professor of international studies and the inaugural vice provost for global education in the Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education at Spelman College, where he leads the campus internationalization and its assessment. He has over 20 years of strategic leadership in developing and implementing global studies curriculum, program development/management, expanding access to international education, student learning outcomes, faculty development, accreditation and strategic initiatives for diversity and inclusion. 

Togunde directed the recently concluded and successful Quality Enhancement Plan at Spelman College, known as Spelman Going Global!, which was a center-piece of the College’s reaccreditation by SACSCOC. He has created 20 study abroad programs in five continents to enhance students’ global awareness, intercultural competence and faculty global engagement.

His successful leadership has produced reputational gains for Spelman College through several awards and recognitions that include the 2017 Senator Paul Simon award for campus internationalization; Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in international education from Diversity Abroad in 2018; and the IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Seal of Excellence in 2019. 

In addition, the 2019 U.S. News & World Report ranked Spelman College among the Colleges and Universities in the nation (ranked No. 32) with the best study abroad programs. Previously, he held the John S. Ludington Trustees’ Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences as professor of sociology; served as chair of the Department of Sociology/Anthropology; director of ethnic studies program; chair of global studies curriculum at Albion College, Michigan, where he spent 15 years before joining Spelman in 2011. He received his Ph.D. degree in development sociology from Cornell University.