Collegiate Affiliation

As of January 11, 2024, Dr. Amelious Whyte will assume the position of Interim Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

Amelious is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and has served the College of Liberal Arts since 2015 in several roles, serving most recently as the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Public Engagement,  and prior to that the interim inaugural Director for the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub, and as the inaugural Director of Public Engagement.  Amelious has served in many other roles at the University,  including working within the Office for Student Affairs as the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Advocacy and Support and in the Office of the Board of Regents as the Assistant to the Executive Director. Amelious is a vocal advocate in his professional and personal life for issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Before working formally to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in DEI roles, Amelious has worked to advance these issues during most of his professional career at the University, as well as in organizations where he has a leadership role. 

Amelious is currently the co-chair of the University’s Equity Lens Policy Review Committee. As a community volunteer Amelious chairs the Governor’s Residence Council, and recently served as the chair of the Friends of the University Libraries and the Weisman Art Museum. He still serves on those boards in addition to serving on the board of Clare Housing. Amelious is also the volunteer Educational Director for Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, and before this role served as the Academic Advisor for the Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta for about 15 years. He serves as an Elections Judge for Minneapolis as well. 

Amelious is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory, a certified Courageous Conversations About Race Practitioner and an alumni of the Social Justice Training Institute. 


University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Doctor of Philosophy, Organizational Leadership and Policy Development
Dissertation: An Exploration of the Role of the “Assistant To” in Student Affairs Using the Courageous Follower Model

University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Master of Arts, Public Affairs
Thesis: Reducing Black-on-Black Violence and Violence Throughout Society: A Fresh Approach

University of Southern California, School of Public Administration, Los Angeles, California
Bachelor of Science, Public Administration
Magna Cum Laude, Valedictorian, School of Public Administration