Office of Diversity and Equity


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V. Faye Jones, MD, PhD, MSPH
 Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity 
Associate Vice President for Health Affairs/Diversity Initiatives
Professor of Pediatrics
Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics - Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Jones is a tenured professor of pediatrics and joined The University of Louisville in 1990. In addition to her role in pediatrics she currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Health Affairs -Diversity Initiatives, the Interim Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity, and Vice Chair for the Department of Pediatrics-Inclusive Excellence.  With more than 30 years in medical experience Dr. Jones’ passion lies in creating a community where health equity is a reality. She is responsible for training our future pediatric providers as well as overseeing the integration of equitable and diverse health care standards throughout our campus.

Dr. Jones enjoys being quite active in the community serving in various roles both past and present for the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality; Race Community and Child Welfare Steering Committee; Executive Committee on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship; Board member of the Family Scholar House; and is a past president of the Medical Staff Executive committee at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Jones has authored or co-authored more than 71 publications.

A Kentucky native, Dr. Jones graduated from WKU with her BS in biology.  She attended medical school and completed her residency at UofL before going on to obtain her MSPH and PhD in Epidemiology, both from UofL. Additionally she has completed a fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine as well as completing the Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, both at Georgetown University.

Dr. Jones enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their five children.


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Marian Vasser 

Executive Director of Diversity and Equity

Director of Diversity Education & Inclusive Excellence 

Marian R. Vasser serves as the Executive Director for Diversity and Equity at the University of Louisville, where she has served approximately 27 years in various roles.  With over 16 years of experience as a Diversity and Equity Practitioner, she conducts approximately 300 workshops annually focusing on Anti-Racism, Implicit Bias, Micro-aggressions, Power and Privilege, Engaging in Difficult Dialogue and more. 

Marian received the 2019 UofL Presidential Multicultural Engagement award and was also recognized as an Adult Black Achiever.  She was also nominated as Today’s Woman 2020 Educator of the Year and is also being featured on a documentary for PBS Frontline regarding school integration efforts in the U.S., looking back at Brown v. Board of Education and the current state of schools in the U.S.  

Marian’s commitment to equitable access in education is evident as she sits on a number of internal and external committees designed to improve access and equity throughout school districts.  She also serves as a board member for EVOLVE 502, which is designed to increase access for underrepresented and marginalized communities in Kentucky. 

Marian is the proud Mom of three handsome, intelligent, and talented young men.  Marian’s personal commitment to lifelong learning is demonstrated by her ability to complete a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Higher Education Administration while working 2 jobs and single-parenting.  Currently, Marian pursuing a PhD in College Student Personnel in the College of Education and Human Development.


Diane Whitlock
Executive Assistant to the Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity

Diane Whitlock is a native of Louisville, KY and a long-time employee of the University of Louisville (UofL). In her role as Assistant to the Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity, Diane is a member of the Administrative Leadership Team and serves as the diversity plan committee liaison working with university academic and administrative units to develop and achieve the goals of the university’s diversity plan, in addition to providing executive administrative support to the Senior Associate Vice President. She currently serves as Office Manager for the Office of the Executive Vice President and University Provost, and was a member of the planning committee for the University’s 2019 Great Place to Work Strategic Planning group.

She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the UofL College of Education and Human Development, and has served on various committees on and off-campus, some of which include the board of directors for the Business Diversity Network of Kentucky; the PAL Coalition Key Leader Board; the UofL Outstanding Community Engagement Award selection committee; and President of the UofL Black Faculty/Staff Association (2008-2012). She is one of the 2016 recipients of the UofL President’s Outstanding Performance Awards, and other awards include the UofL LGBT Center Ally Award (2016), UofL Outstanding Community Service Staff Award (2011) and the 2008 Eleanor Young Love Award presented by the Louisville Commission on Human Rights.