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Deborah Plummer

UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care
Chief Diversity Officer
ÜT: 41.471836,-81.489467
Deborah L. Plummer, PhD is a psychologist, university professor, diversity thought leader, author, and speaker on topics central to racial equality, inclusion, and mutual respect.
Her groundbreaking and timely book, Some of My Friends Are…The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross Racial Friendships (Beacon Press) examines contemporary race relations through the lens of cross-racial friendships, noting how they work and fail within American society. She is editor of the Handbook of Diversity Management (Rowman and Littlefield) and author of Advancing Inclusion: A Guide for Effective Diversity Council and Employee Resource Group Membership (Half Dozen Publications), and award-winning Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships (Pilgrim Press).
She has written for Diversity Executive, Boston Globe Magazine, authored several book chapters and published numerous journal articles for the professional academic community. Her essay “The Girl from the Ghetto” is published in the anthology All of the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World, Essays on Equality, Justice and Freedom (NBTT Press). Her work has been featured in several media outlets and she served for many years as an expert commentator on television and radio. Debbie was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top 15 Chief Diversity Officers to Know.
Debbie is most passionate about creating inclusive organizations and building peaceful communities. Her blog, Getting to We, facilitates forward-thinking and enlightened conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a proud board member of GrubStreet, Facing History and Ourselves, and Nana’s Tribe Foundation.