Maria Dixon Hall
Chief Diversity Officer, Southern Methodist University
Maria Dixon Hall’s primary research interests are organizational strategy and planning, as well as the intersection of power, identity, and culture in corporate, non-profit, and religious organizations. As Chief Diversity Officer at SMU, she is a senior-level resource and a strategic partner who collaborates with SMU faculty, students, administrators and staff – both initiating and reporting the outcome of diversity initiatives, policies and programs. Dixon Hall works to align the University’s efforts to recruit, retain, support and promote diverse faculty, staff and students, and will convene a University Diversity Council to connect the missions of the diversity officers of each school and administrative unit. Her research and professional consulting is focused on the implications of identity, power, and organizational culture on the strategic communication of religious and non-profit organizations.