University Diversity Office


Dr. Roger Cleveland, Inclusive Excellence Trainer

Dr. Cleveland is known for his educational insight in areas such as; diversity, instructional equity, cultural competency, closing achievement gaps, learning styles, transforming school culture, conducting culture audits, and school improvement planning. He has provided staff development and workshops for a number of schooldistricts, social service agencies, state educational agencies and universities. He has conducted trainings addressing diversity issues from Alaska to Mississippi. Cleveland has also provided diversity and leadership training for fortune 500 companies such as Ashland Oil and North American Toyota Manufacturing Company.

He received his bachelor’s degree at Morehead State University, his Masters Degree at Union College and completed his doctoral work at The University of Cincinnati. He has worked in the Cincinnati Public Schools with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.  Cleveland was the Director of the Division of Federal Programs & Instructional Equity attheKentucky Department of Education. After his tenure at KDE, he taught three years in the College of Educationat Morehead State University.  In 2008, Dr. Cleveland joined the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University.

In 2009 Cleveland was nominated for The Golden Apple Award at Eastern Kentucky University.In the Spring of 2012, Dr. Cleveland received the Professor of the Year Award sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education and was recognized as “Teachers Making A Difference at Eastern Kentucky University.”Governor Beshear appointed Dr. Cleveland to the State School Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability Council 2013. In March 2013, Cleveland received the P.G. Peoples Award from the Fayette County Public Schools Board of Education for addressing equity and diversity in schools. He was appointed to the Lexington-Fayette County Human Rights Commission in 2014. Roger is the Associate Director of the national recognized BMW Academy Program at First Baptist Church Bracktown in Lexington, Ky. In the fall of 2014 Dr. Cleveland wasinducted in the Kentucky CivilRights Hall of Fame. In December 2015 Governor Beshear appointed Cleveland to the Governing Board of the Kentucky African American Heritage Center. Rogeris currently an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. He is also the president and owner of Millennium Learning Concepts Consulting Company. He resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Audra, and children, Maya, Taylor and Dorian.


Dr. Timothy Forde, Chief Diversity Officer & Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President

Dr. Forde received his bachelors from Oakwood University, his Masters of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his PhD from Vanderbilt University.  He spent several years working as a researcher at a high school dropout/drug prevention program at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN called “I Have A Future.”  This program was successful in reducing both high school dropouts and drug prevention for inner city youth and received national acclaim.Dr. Forde also served as the director of an alternative school for minority K-12 males funded by a demonstration grant from National Science Foundation (NSF).  This program was successful in supporting several students’ efforts to graduate from high school and attend college with scholarships.  Dr. Forde has several years of administrative experience as Associate Director of Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of major Ph.D. – granting academic institutions that cultivate collaborative partnerships to enhance the scientific research and educational enterprise of science and technology through research and fellowship opportunities for undergrad, grad and postdoc students.  His research interests include cultural competency and Emerging Instructional Technologies.  His hobbies include playing the piano, racquetball and cycling.

Focus on Diversity

Jared McClain