Facilitators

Kay Martinez, M.A. (they/them)

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Education and Training

Kay Martinez serves as the director of Diversity and Inclusion Education and Training with Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In this role, Martinez is responsible for developing and leading diversity and inclusion curriculum-based training across Georgia Tech for students, faculty, and staff.

Previously, Martinez served as the Director for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Learning and Development at Lesley University in Boston, Massachusetts, and teaching fellow with Harvard Graduate School of Education. They’ve also held positions in diversity and inclusion training and curriculum development with Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and Stanford University, and they have been featured as a subject matter expert by The Huffington Post, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Monster.com, and Out in Tech.

They earned their bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from Loyola University New Orleans and their master’s in higher education administration from Boston College. Martinez was also the recipient of NASPA Region 1’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award in 2021.

 


 

Keona Lewis, Ph.D. (she/her)

Associate Director for Research and Evaluation

Keona Lewis is the associate director for Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEI) Research and Evaluation, where she oversees all research, program assessment, and evaluation for the unit.

She develops and leads programs and projects that increase Georgia Tech’s capacity for diversity, equity, and inclusion-related curriculum for faculty, staff, and students, including facilitating workshops, meetings, and training on various topics.

Lewis earned her doctoral degree in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida, where she focused on human variation, the social construction of race, and its various impacts on the human condition. She has worked as an adjunct professor teaching both anthropology and criminology courses, and she also created student programming that increased access and opportunities for underrepresented students in STEM. She is an educator and mentor, having worked with students at all levels.

Her current research interests include ethnicity and education, with a specific concentration on African American identity construction and academic and professional aspirations.