Dr. Kara Whitman serves as Research and Program Manager for the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM). In this role, she leads the Institute’s global research initiatives. Whitman is a partnership, program development and diversity strategist with over thirteen years of experience supporting non-profit and non-governmental organizations in the United States, Middle East and North Africa. She has contributed to peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery objectives in Yemen, examined education and economic development opportunities for refugees in Jordan and more recently, helped a consortium of workforce development boards in the United States assess the equity content within their federal compliance reporting activities and equity gaps in their employer-driven career pipelines.
Whitman received her PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Policy from the University of Pittsburgh, Master of Arts (MA) in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University, and her BA in Psychology from North Carolina Central University. She aims to leverage her experience in racial equity, diversity, and inclusion to improve emergency management outcomes nationally and globally.