Cori Bazemore-James, PhD


Consultant / Trainer

Dr. Cori Bazemore-James, Seneca Nation of Western New York, is the Assistant Vice Provost of the Graduate School Diversity Office and Affiliate Faculty in the Higher Education program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She greatly enjoys opportunities to facilitate training and discussions, teach graduate courses, engage in public speaking, and provide compassionate coaching, consulting, and mentoring. Cori received both her Ph.D. in Higher Education and M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Dakota. She has worked in many functional areas in higher education, including Native Student Services, TRIO Programs, Multicultural Services and Programs, Admissions, Student Affairs Assessment and Staff Development, and Graduate Education.

Cori has served on several boards and leadership roles, including the Governing Board for ACPA—College Student Educators International, National Advisory Council for NCORE—National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Advisory Board for the Landback Universities project, Advisory Board for the UMN Steven J. Schochet Endowment, and Board of Directors for MIGIZI (Twin Cities nonprofit). She also serves as co-founder and President of the Twin Cities professional chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc., the United States oldest Indigenous Greek letter organization.

Cori’s academic research centers Indigenous Knowledge to support and magnify the work of Indigenous students and staff in historically white institutions. Her proudest professional accomplishments include publications from her award-winning research, founding the ACPA Indigenous Student Affairs Network – the first national/international professional network of Indigenous Student Affairs educators, and leading the development of the first Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) standards for the Indigenous Student Affairs functional area.