College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Adjei receives 2024 Alumni Award of Excellence

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Millicent Adjei, PhD, alum of the MA and PhD programs in Comparative and International Development Education, was named a recipient of the 2024 CEHD Alumni Award of Excellence. Read the full article, along with an interview with Adjei, here.

Millicent Adjei (she/her) is devoted to the field of higher education and has served in various leadership roles over the past twenty years. She joined Ashesi University in 2012 as the founding associate director and now director of the Office of Diversity and International Programs. In her role at Ashesi, Millicent provides strategic leadership to the university’s internationalization and international students management, diversity, equity and inclusion programing, sexual misconduct prevention policy compliance and advocacy and training, and is currently leading the development of the university’s accessibility and disability policies and support programs. She also doubles as adjunct faculty with the Humanities and Social Sciences department where she teaches a course in Leadership.

At the core of her scholarship and practice is researching on and developing high impact access, and support interventions for first-generation, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students, to successfully navigate thrive and maximize their college experiences. She is a Ford Foundation IFP Fellow, an award granted to exceptional individuals from developing countries for academic excellence and efforts to address issues of social justice in their communities, an Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Martha Farrell Memorial Fellow granted to higher education administrators to address issues of sexual and gender-based violence in their institutions, and is a member of the board of directors of the Melton Foundation where she chairs the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. Millicent is also a free-lance intercultural trainer and consults for several global companies to develop intercultural understanding and competencies amongst their workforce.

Millicent holds a BSc. in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School, an MA in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

Learn more about programs in Comparative and International Development Education.