Heather E. Burton, PhD, graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Black Studies and a minor in Theater. She received the Masters of Social Work from the University of Akron; and Masters of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies and Public Affairs, both from Cleveland State University.
Dr. Burton is senior director for Faculty and Institutional Diversity at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) specializing in gender and racial equity. Dr. Burton works to create and encourage individual and systemic change through policy and practice. She serves as acting co-director for the African and African American Studies Program. She is adjunct faculty in theater and social work teaching on concepts of race, racism and social policy.
Because of her diligence and dedication to reflect change within the community and Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Burton has received the Feminist Mentor Award, Staff Diversity Award, Qgrad Outstanding Faculty and Staff Mentor Award, Mather Spotlight & Women of Achievement Award, YWCA Women of Achievement, RH Boyd Award for Excellence and Who’s Who of Black Cleveland.
Dr. Burton was co-chair for the Ellipsis Institute for Women of Color in the Academy, CWRU (2018, 2019, 2020) and now serves as a member of the Board of Directors. She also serves on the Boards of The Greater Cleveland Delta Life Development Center and SHINE, Inc. She is founder of Crimson Heights, Ministries, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) geared towards the holistic development of women. As an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter, she serves as co-chair of Arts & Letters, Sergeant of Arms.