Kimel Hodges is the Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and Equal Opportunity at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She joined UT Southwestern in September 2012 and oversees several divisions including Diversity & Inclusion, Equal Opportunity, and Supplier Diversity.
Kimel leads the strategic development of the organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy. She oversees investigations of discrimination, harassment or retaliation. She’s responsible for Affirmative Action Planning, and ensures compliance with laws, regulations, organizational policies and contracts. Kimel also provides strategic direction in the development of initiatives for the Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) program, and enterprise-wide Minority, Women, Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (MWSDVBE).
Prior to joining UT Southwestern, Kimel served as Director of Diversity & Inclusion at CHRISTUS Health; and has held leadership positions at Kellogg Company including Diversity Business Partner, EEO/AA Manager, and Human Resources Manager.
Kimel is a member of several executive committees at UT Southwestern executive committees, and represents the Institution at various community events. Kimel is involved with the Youth Motivational Task Force (YMTF) at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, where she serves on the planning committee.
Kimel earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, and master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University. Kimel also holds Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) credentials from the Society for Diversity.
Kimel is the proud mother of four and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.