Michelle Loyd-Paige


Michelle Loyd-Paige

Education

  • PhD (1989) – Purdue University, sociology
  • MS (1983) – Purdue University, sociology
  • BA (1981) – Calvin College, sociology

Biography

Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige is the executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion and also holds an appointment of professor of sociology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Loyd-Paige joined the department of sociology and social work at Calvin College in 1985 having finished her graduate course work at Purdue University. Loyd-Paige served as chair of the department of sociology and social work from 1999-2001; the dean for multicultural affairs from 20062015; was appointed as interim executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion in 2013; and began a regular appointment as the executive associate to the president in 2015.

Professional experience

Calvin College

Administrative appointments

  • 2015-present – Executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion
  • 2013-2015 – Interim executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion
  • 2006-2015 – Dean for multicultural affairs
  • 1999-2001 – Chair, department of sociology and social work 

Academic appointments 

  • 1998-present – Professor, department of sociology and social work
  • 1993-1998 – Associate professor, department of sociology and social work
  • 1989-1993 – Assistant professor, department of sociology and social work
  • 1985-1989 – Instructor, department of sociology and social work

Academic interests

Research Interests

Christian responses to racism, organizational change within higher education informed by inclusive excellence

Focus of Work

Coordinating deep, pervasive and meaningful change in the way the college understands and practices diversity and inclusion

Additional Information

Dr. Loyd-Paige currently serves as the associate pastor at Angel Community Church (a CRCNA/RCA plant church) in Muskegon, Mich.

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Awards

Selected honors and distinctions

  • 2015 – CCCU Multiethnic Leadership Development Institute resource leader
  • 2015 – Floyd Skinner Justice Award
  • 2015-present – CCCU Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, member
  • 2014-present – CRCNA Diversity and Inclusion Working Group member
  • 2014 – Joan Wolfe Award, WMEAC Ideal Committee (member)
  • 2014 – Level 1 CQ certification, Cultural Intelligence Center
  • 2013 – CRCNA Multi-Ethnic Conference Planning Committee, chair
  • 2013 – CCCU Multi-Ethnic Leadership Development, cohort member
  • 2011 – Racial Sobriety Facilitator certification
  • 2010-2012 – West Michigan President’s Compact, co-chair
  • 2010 – CICW Worship Renewal Grant: “Reformed Worship in an African American Context”
  • 2010 – Multi-Ethnic Strategic Alliance, cohort member
  • 2009 – Anti-Racism Facilitator Certification
  • 2009 – Lilly Exchange Network Grant: “FEN: Diversity Strategies”
  • 2007 – Commencement speaker, Calvin College
  • 2006-present – Calvin representative to the West Michigan President’s Compact
  • 2002-2007 – Consultation of Afro-Scholars in Higher Education, member
  • 1998-2006 – Calvin Anti-Racism Team, founding member
  • 1999-2000 – West Michigan Sociological Association, president
  • 1996-1997 – Grand Rapids Urban League, board chair

In the news

A Campus Agent of Renewal

Michelle Loyd-Paige helps set 'new direction for diversity'

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