Erica Knight

Assistant Director of Student Diversity and Access Initiatives
Pronouns: she/her

Erica Knight joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in February 2021 as our Assistant Director of Student Diversity and Access Initiatives. She comes to the Harvard Chan School from The Graduate School at Northwestern University, where she served as Senior Program Coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University, Erica is a collegiate student advocate whose experience in higher education spans enrollment management, student affairs, and graduate admissions. She has dedicated her career to diversifying advanced degree programs by establishing pipeline programs between minority-serving institutions and top-tier research institutions.

While at Northwestern, Erica oversaw the graduate peer mentoring program and graduate student retention efforts and assisted underrepresented populations throughout their scholastic graduate study journey. Before that, Erica managed professional development and career advancement programming for the James T. Laney Graduate School at Emory University and served as the administrator of graduate relations at Spelman College.

Erica is civically engaged and is an active member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society Alumni Epsilon Chapter, The National Urban League, Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Evanston North Shore Alumni Chapter.

Erica has received several accolades for her humanitarian efforts and dedication to excellence, including the Power 30 Under 30 Award for the state of Georgia, Atlanta Black Girls Rock Award, Outstanding Black Alumni of the Year, inclusion in Cambridge’s and Montclair’s Who’s Who Among Professionals and Executives, Soror Service with a Heart Award, and finalist in the L’Oreal Woman of Worth Award.