Bridget M. Newell, PhD is an experienced leader-practitioner in diversity, equity, and inclusion who Co-leads our DEI efforts at EDI. Her professional experience includes serving as Associate Provost for Diversity at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) and as Associate Provost for Diversity & Global Learning at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, UT).


At Bucknell University Bridget co-chaired the President’s Diversity Council, where she oversaw the development and implementation of the University’s Five-Year Diversity Plan. As part of her work toward broadening and deepening Bucknell’s diversity efforts, Bridget partnered with campus constituents to create faculty and staff hiring guides and training resources. With a focus on demographics, campus climate, student learning, and policy, Bridget emphasized collaboration as central to her work. Her responsibilities included Bucknell’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender; the Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives and Culture; the Office of Accessibility Resources, the Office of Civic Engagement, and the Teaching and Learning Center.


Bridget also served as Associate Provost for Diversity & Global Learning and Professor of Philosophy and Gender Studies at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT, where she taught for 16 years, served as a mentor for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, and chaired the Diversity Council and the International Council. While at Westminster, Newell led the effort to establish of the College’s Diversity-focused Liberal Education requirement, the Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series, the Diversity & International Center, and the Gender Studies program, among others. In addition, she co-chaired committees that developed the College’s first Five Year Plans for Diversity and facilitated or organized faculty and staff workshops focused on diversity and inclusive pedagogy. As a faculty member she served as chair of the Gender Studies Program, and the Philosophy & Religious Studies Program. 


Bridget has presented at local and national conferences, and she has developed and provided training, both formally and informally, on multiple areas of DEI work, including implicit bias in hiring, microaggressions, developing strategic diversity plans, and building an effective diversity team. Bridget has also taught philosophy in the community to adults living on low income not yet admitted to college. This was part of the Venture Course in the Humanities, a course described in Hope, Heart, and the Humanities: How a Free College Course is Changing Lives. (Bridget wrote the chapter on philosophy). Bridget currently teaches at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, in the departments of Religion and Philosophy and History and Political Science, where she includes a focus on DEI issues in her classes.


Originally from Pittsburgh, Bridget received her PhD in Philosophy from Temple University, and her MA in Philosophy and AB in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In her spare time, Bridget enjoys running, lifting weights, and exercising. She remains a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan.


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