LeAnna Rice, MA


LeAnna joined K&A in 2023 after more than a decade in higher education. Most recently, she served as Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Queens University of Charlotte. At Queens, she developed and executed a process of creating a university-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan, served as their Title IX Coordinator, and implemented a scholarship program, the Charlotte Talent Initiative, geared at improving local talent pipelines and driving economic mobility.

LeAnna began her career at Binghamton University as a licensed professional counselor. Thereafter, as a Campus Advisor with the Jed Foundation, she consulted with colleagues on campuses across the country on building comprehensive mental health and suicide prevention programs. Clinically, her expertise is in culturally responsive and trauma-informed therapeutic and interventions for communities of color and other historically underrepresented and excluded communities. She has also directed a cultural center and served as an associate dean in student affairs, overseeing several functional areas. Her background in DEI and mental health has informed her approach to creating equitable learning environments rooted in attending to the whole person and understanding DEI as key function of holistic wellness. She advocates the power of good assessment and enjoys assisting higher education practitioners in embodying equity-based assessment practices to deepen their work.

LeAnna earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She resides in Charlotte, NC and enjoys hiking, the joy of a good belly laugh, whipping up a new recipe, and traveling.

Areas of Expertise

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Health, Counseling, and Well-being
  • Title IX

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