Cynthia Cummings

Cynthia Cummings came to UMass Dartmouth as Assistant Vice Chancellor in 2008. She serves as an advocate for students and assists them with problem solving. In addition, she assists students who are in crisis and works with students who have violated the University’s Code of Conduct. In addition, Cynthia coordinates evening and weekend responses to student emergencies, develops programs for parents and families, manages the Endeavor Leadership Scholarship Program for high-achieving/high-need students, co-chairs the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and serves as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Prior to coming to UMass Dartmouth, Cynthia worked for 25 years at the University of Delaware in various Student Affairs positions, culminating in six years as Associate Vice President for Campus Life (Dean of Students). Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French Language and Literature and a Master’s of Science Degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has extensive experience in college and university residential education, college student rights, responsibilities, and conduct, student activism, and crisis management. She has served as a consultant to higher education institutions, public school systems, and community organizations on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion. She has received a number of awards and accolades for her work as a community organizer and media spokesperson on gay and lesbian civil rights.