School of Education

Office of Strategic Engagement

Dr. Tamara Dias

Professional Development Facilitator


With over a decade of experience in K-12 education, Dr. Tamara Wilkerson Dias has held roles at elementary and secondary levels in both the public and private sector. Chosen from over 15,000 nominees, in 2017 she was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 in Education. Dr. Dias completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching degrees at the University of Virginia, and her Doctor of Education at Morgan State University. 

In her role as a nonprofit Executive Director, Dr. Dias works to eliminate the large racial disparity within the teaching force in public education. Founded in 2004, she leads the African American Teaching Fellows, a Virginia-based organization. For the past five years, Dr. Dias has led the mission of recruiting, developing, supporting, and retaining African American teachers in the K-12 teaching field.  

Dr. Dias joined the VCU Office of Strategic Engagement team in the Fall of 2020 as a Professional Development Facilitator. In this role, Dr. Dias develops and faciltitates professional training in the areas of racial equity and culturally responsive teaching practices. 

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