Rame serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence responsible for guiding and leading institution-wide efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Guided by principles of inclusive excellence and social justice, Rame seeks to foster an inclusive campus climate that embraces intersectional identities, promotes diverse critical knowledge, and centers the lived experiences of marginalized communities to ensure that all belong and can thrive.
Rame is committed to intentional and sustainable progressive change that requires full organizational participation, responsibility, and support. Through the development and implementation of a cohesive approach to align and integrate innovative practices with socially just policies, systems and procedures, Rame hopes to actualize a strategic vision that advances and sustains inclusive excellence across the institution. Additionally, through the cultivation of collaborative partnerships with all institutional stakeholders: (academic and administrative leadership, students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the extended WPI community), Rame strives to champion organization change and blend a culture of inclusion and belonging into the full fabric of WPI.
Prior to WPI Rame served as the inaugural Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator at Olin College of Engineering, overseeing the Office of Institutional Equity and Social Justice. In this role, Rame led the College’s efforts to vision and design a campus climate of inclusion and belonging through intentional programs and campus-wide initiatives. As founder and chair of the Council on Institutional Diversity (CID), the Council developed strategic initiatives focused on the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students, the development of an inclusive learning and work environment, and the facilitation of trainings and workshops on identity development, intersectionality, and social change. Additionally, as the Title IX Coordinator Rame directed the College’s compliance with Title IX as set forth by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the Department of Education (DOE). In this role, Rame drafted a new comprehensive sexual misconduct policy, facilitated live campus-wide prevention and education programs, and managed the response and resolution of investigations.