Dr. Nikita Murry provides oversight for institution-wide diversity education initiatives at CMU, serving in the position since 2020. Through her role, Dr. Murry engages with faculty, staff, students, and alumni using scholarship and best practices for DEI to help ensure all individuals who engage with CMU experience authentic belonging and inclusion.
Work in the equity and inclusion space has been a core function of every position she has held, especially her work that connects wellness and social justice. Her previous work as a college educator, licensed professional counselor, and journalist gives her unique perspectives on tuning in to and elevating marginalized voices. Dr. Murry is a CMU alumna who is passionate about working with disenfranchised people to help them develop the tools and skills to achieve their highest potential.
She earned her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree from CMU in professional counseling and school counseling, as well as a graduate certificate in international administration. Her undergraduate degree is in journalism from Michigan State University.
Dr. Murry serves the community as the president and founder of The Go BACK Project, a nonprofit that seeks to help children, adolescents, and their families position themselves for a more hopeful future following an experience with physical or sexual trauma.
As a mental health professional, Dr. Murry specializes in trauma-informed care, multiculturalism, healthy sexuality, and gender identity development related to race and intersectionality. She also provides supervision to limited-licensed practitioners.