Rosie M. Peterson

Rosie Peterson joined the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement as the director of Institutional Diversity Initiatives in May 2008. Ms. Peterson started at UT Dallas in 2004 after nearly 22 years of professional experience serving individuals with special needs or in medically underserved areas. During the years of 2004-2008, she worked as the assistant director of the Sickle Cell Research Center. Over her career she has written grant proposals, individual and collaborative, to fund over four million dollars in project activities related to sickle cell disease and organizational capacity building.

In her role as the director of Institutional Diversity Initiatives, she has the responsibility to seek out, participate in and encourage grant writing and fund development; implement diversity communication projects, including a web site and newsletter; and develop and implement a diversity scorecard. Additionally, she serves as point of contact in reaching out to the African-American community on behalf of UT Dallas. Peterson also assists in the development of diversity training and awareness seminars for the staff.

Peterson has received numerous awards and recognition for her professional and volunteer work, and was named one of Profiles in Diversity Journal's Women Worth Watching for 2015. She received a bachelor's of science degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, and is certified as a managed-care professional by the Professional Academy of Healthcare Management.