Dr. Elavie Ndura

AVP and Campus Diversity Officer


Dr. Elavie Ndura


A first-generation college graduate, I have journeyed along unchartered paths to become a dedicated professional with 30+ years of leadership, scholarship and practice, blending passion and policy to create and implement effective programming and innovative Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs in diverse and complex academic and community settings in the United States and abroad. I speak four languages English, French, Kirundi, and Swahili. Who continually enhances relationships and effectively engages stakeholders by breaking barriers to promote diverse yet cohesive, DEI approaches.  I have had a long career as a k-12 educator and university professor. I am well-versed in curriculum design, instruction, research, and student support programs. I am a strategic visionary executive leader, with extraordinary management skills and a keen ability to bring together creative and technical talent to yield impressive results. Colleagues say that I am a trusted innovator and mentor who leads cross-functional teams, including colleagues from across the organization, as well as external stakeholders and contractors.


My areas of expertise include academic programming; diversity, equity and inclusion; equity program and policy development; community outreach; research; curriculum design; program design and management; communication; stakeholder engagement; cross-functional team leadership; change management; coaching and mentoring;  intercultural competency development; budget management; external partner cultivation and relationship management; visioning and strategic planning; conflict management and transformation; restorative justice practices.; and mindful facilitation.


 My career accomplishments include engaging 3,000+ employees, students, alumni, and Board of Trustees members in diversity and implicit bias training, cross-cultural conversations, mindful facilitation training, and culturally responsive curriculum development and teaching in just three years at Gallaudet University where I served as Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. I designed and delivered innovative Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training for more than 1,000 employees and students, guiding conversations effectively at George Mason University (Mason) while serving as Presidential Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion.  As a tenured Professor of Advanced Teacher Professional Development and International Education at Mason, my professional home for 12 years, I bolstered teaching and learning and elevated social cohesion by engaging 5,000+ educators and community members in professional development and peacebuilding activities in Burundi, Africa. My signature interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and practice that integrate intercultural peace education and conflict prevention and transformation have been featured in six books; more than 40 book chapters and professional journal articles; as well as over 200 invited presentations, workshops, and keynotes, including two testimonies to United States Congress. I have helped transform the lives of thousands of students through diversity-focused teaching in secondary schools and higher education in the United States and Burundi, Africa.


My commitments to racial equity, social justice, and peacebuilding have been recognized by the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s 2011 Peace Educator of the Year Award, the 2008 United Burundian Community Association Imboneza Award, and the 2004 Reno-Sparks NAACP Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Award. 


My eternal role as a mother and grandmother enriches my professional journey. In my DEI leadership and educator roles, I strive to empower muted voices and help nurture equity-minded and inclusive communities where everyone can belong and thrive. DEI work gives my life meaning and purpose. It gives me hope that we can all be transformed, individually and collectively, as we embrace and lead the struggle for equity, social justice, and peace, and create a world where my children and grandchildren, and everyone’s children and grandchildren can bring their full self with all of their intersecting identities, a world free of fear, prejudice, and hate.

Dr. Elavie Ndura
(707) 826-4503
Siemen's Hall Rm. 215B