Nicole Pulliam, Ph.D. is an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) leader with over 15 years of experience in higher education. Nicole serves as the inaugural director of the Monmouth University Social Justice Academy, to foster educational equity in K-12 schools throughout Monmouth & Ocean Counties. In addition, Nicole is an associate professor at the university, where she teaches graduate courses on diversity & social justice to future school counselors and higher education leaders.  As a Black Indigenous person of color (BIPOC), Nicole leads with her authentic, integrated self to honor all aspects of her identities. 

The common thread in Nicole’s career is equity and access for historically excluded and oppressed groups. Aside from her primary roles, Nicole leads implicit bias trainings for organizations and professional development workshops for BIPOC students and administrators. Nicole is an executive board member for the American Council on Education’s New Jersey Women’s Network (NJACE). 

Nicole resides in Toms River with her husband and two young children—one current and one future Hooper Husky.