Rayna Truelove named ODoF’s inaugural associate dean for diversity and inclusion

Written by
Shane Black, Office of the Dean of the Faculty
June 25, 2024

Rayna Truelove, a builder of inclusive communities, has been named the inaugural associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (ODoF), effective July 22, 2024.

Truelove has more than a decade of experience in diversity and inclusion work in higher ed, and she has been a member of the Princeton community for nearly six years, most recently serving as the inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Before that, Truelove served as assistant dean for access, diversity and inclusion in Princeton’s Graduate School, collaborating with faculty, students and staff across the social sciences and humanities to support admissions, recruitment and retention of diverse scholars, broadly defined.

“Dr. Truelove’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as cornerstones of academic excellence has distinguished her remarkable career at Princeton,” said Gene A. Jarrett, dean of the faculty and the William S. Tod Professor of English. "I am delighted to welcome her to our ODoF team, and look forward to working with her to advance the University’s mission.”

Truelove will report to Jarrett and partner closely with Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Frederick Wherry, the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917 Professor of Sociology, in carrying out policies and initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion in ODoF while advancing the University’s strategic commitment to academic excellence.

Among her responsibilities, Truelove will be tasked with supporting the efforts of Jarrett and the associate deans for academic affairs in training search officers and search committee chairs on implementing fair and inclusive processes, in accordance with University policies, during recruitment for faculty, postdoctoral researchers and academic professionals.

She will work with Jarrett and Wherry to support the ability of all faculty and academic departments to monitor and improve departmental and campus climate for inclusion, and she will be responsible for providing a vision and integrated programs for diversity and inclusion efforts.

“Dr. Truelove’s arrival to ODoF could not have come at a better time,” Wherry said. “We keep asking hard questions as a scholarly community, and our breakthroughs come when we can hear the diverse answers proposed while vigorously challenging those answers. That’s why inclusion matters, now more than ever. In our labs, studios, research groups, precepts and lecture halls, we will rely on diversity and inclusion to forge the paths ahead.”

“I am thrilled to join ODoF to support departments as they attract and retain outstanding faculty and postdoctoral scholars across the entire University,” Truelove said. “I’ve dedicated my administrative career to expanding the scholarly pipeline, advancing inclusive excellence, and building a thriving culture that supports well-being. I believe this role is a fulfillment of that desire, and I look forward to partnering with the outstanding staff and faculty in ODoF to realize Dean Jarrett’s strategic priorities.”

Before Princeton, Truelove served as the Mellon program officer at the Institute for Citizens and Scholars. She began her career at the National Institutes of Health, where she was a predoctoral fellow and later served as a fellowship program manager and the director of student services in the Office of Intramural Training and Education.

Truelove holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and a B.S. from Trinity University, both in neuroscience.