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Amber Johnson appointed Associate Provost in SLU’s Division for Diversity and Community Engagement

Steve Chao

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SAINT LOUIS, MO — Amber Johnson, Ph.D. (A&S '01, Grad A&S '03), associate professor of communication, has been named associate provost in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, a new leadership position at Saint Louis University. Johnson’s tenure in the position officially begins July 1.

Johnson is the co-founder of SLU's Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, which works to eliminate disparities in individual and community health and well-being caused by systemic oppression through research, training, community engagement and policy change. This is the first institute of its kind at a Jesuit institution.

Johnson also established the Justice Fleet, a mobile social justice museum that promotes communal healing through art, dialogue and play. The initiative has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing + Justice Fund.

“Dr. Johnson brings extraordinary scholarship and operational experience to the interlocking issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and community engagement,” said University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., and University Provost Michael Lewis, Ph.D., in a joint announcement to the SLU community. “Among Dr. Johnson’s many strengths are an impressive publication record and a deep commitment to marginalized communities.”

Johnson has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2020 Dr. Terry Leet Researcher Award from Generate Health St. Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing racial equity in maternal and infant health.

Johnson joined the SLU faculty in 2015 after working as an assistant professor at the Institute for Shipboard Education and Prairie View A&M University, as a visiting assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University, and as a lecturer at California State University, Long Beach.

Johnson received a doctorate from Penn State University in 2006, as well as master's and bachelor's degrees in communication from SLU in 2003 and 2001, respectively.

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