Nakeia Chambers is native of Syracuse, having attended McKinley Brighton Elementary, Levy Middle School and Nottingham High School (Go Bulldogs!). She is a proud product of the Syracuse City School District. She was cultivated by community and educational access programs such as; Dunbar Center, Southwest Community Center, Paul Robeson Performing Arts Co. Liberty Partnership Program, Lemoyne College Upward Bound, Syracuse University STEP and NSBE. Through the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) she earned both her MSED in Counseling and BA of Journalism & Marketing from St. Bonaventure University. Ms. Chambers has spent close to 20 years as a diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner. She currently serves as the Director of Multicultural Affairs & Student Inclusion at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her role and personal mission is to enhance our educational and work environment by recruiting and cultivating a diverse student body and workforce. She has been recognized locally and statewide for her dedication and commitment to all students. Ms. Chambers is noted for being a tremendous ally in identifying issues faced by historically underrepresented students, and has provided great insight for their potential success beyond their undergraduate experience. In addition, she serves as an advocate and a resource for the Syracuse community. Ms Chambers works closely with various multicultural affinity organizations throughout New York State. She conducts workshops educating the youth in our community on higher education and vocation, and the path it takes to achieve that goal. Through active family and community engagement, she seeks to provide opportunities that work to eliminate achievement and attainment gaps. She has two daughters, a 13-year-old and a 6-year-old who are the center of her life.