Dr. Joyce McNickles is a social justice and diversity educator. Her professional experience includes over twenty years of facilitating and teaching in private and public organizations and in higher education. She leads McNickles and Associates, a consulting practice which advances inclusion and social justice in organizations by providing individualized coaching, mentoring and staff development trainings.
She was Assistant Professor of Human Development and Human Services at Anna Maria College where she taught courses on diversity in the workplace, social inequality, black identity, multicultural education, and sociology. She has been a visiting faculty member at Westfield and Worcester State Universities and Emmanuel College. Prior to teaching in higher education, she served as Program Director for the National Conference for Community and Justice where she created and facilitated workplace diversity training programs for corporations, public school districts, colleges and universities, state and local government agencies, and human service organizations.
She has presented papers at several national conferences on the subjects of black identity development, the intersections of black identity and interracial marriage, and social identity. In addition, she has authored book chapters on the subject of race in the workplace and published articles on the intersection of race and sexual orientation. She received her master’s degree in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her doctorate in adult learning and education from National-Louis University, Chicago.