Social equity leader Dr. Atiera Coleman to speak at Beloit College commencement

    Dr. Atiera Coleman

    Beloit College alumna Dr. Atiera Coleman will be the speaker at the 173rd Beloit College Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 11 a.m. on the Middle College lawn.

    “Dr. Atiera Coleman is an exemplary example of a Beloit College graduate who is leading social change and equity in the Rock County community,” Beloit College President Scott Bierman said in a statement. “There is no one better than Atiera to usher our 2023 graduates into the world with an inspiring message of hope for what they will accomplish.” 

    In her influential work as a Rock County Equity Manager, Coleman embeds policies in the county’s administrative structure and services to ensure equitable access for everyone the county serves, Beloit College said in a press release. 

    “It is a tremendous honor and truly humbling to be entrusted with imparting words of wisdom and inspiration to such a bright and accomplished group of students,” Dr. Coleman said. “I look forward to contributing to this momentous occasion and celebrating the graduates’ achievements as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.” 

    Coleman graduated from Beloit College in 2010, majoring in sociology. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Formerly the college’s Associate Dean for Student Success, Equity, and Community (SSEC) and co-director of the Weissberg Program in Human Rights & Social Justice, Coleman led the McNair Scholars Program, oversaw TRIO programs at Beloit, and was a partner on the Anti-Racism Liaison team.