Thomas Rashad Easley

Thomas Rashad Easley

I have spent most of my career as a diversity professional, which has allowed me to focus on the recruitment, retention and diverse talent in natural resource disciplines. As the Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, I assist with enhancing diversity, promoting access for all people, and developing scholarly/relevant programming around workplace equity. I have also served as the Diversity Director of the College of Natural Resources at NC State University. In my role as the Diversity Director, I taught courses, advised/counseled students, consulted with faculty and staff on programming ensuring they are inclusive to all populations. As a professor, I have designed numerous courses and now teach a course on Diversity and Environmental Justice. As a diversity professional, I leverage my background in forestry/genetics/education to do community workshops, course lectures, and provide diversity facilitation. Also with all of my academic experience, I am also an Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America) and a forester. I am also a musician and known by RaShad in the world of music. My art is called “Save Your Life Music” because I enjoy putting the message of love, embracing self, and helping others in his music. Bachelor’s degree in Forest Science from Alabama A&M University Master’s degree in Forest Genetics from Iowa State University Doctorate in Adult Education from NC State University