The University of Rhode Island has appointed Naomi R. Thompson, an attorney and Northeastern University diversity administrator, to the position of associate vice president of Community, Equity and Diversity. Thompson begins her duties Aug. 27.
Thompson will report directly to URI President David M. Dooley and oversee the Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity.
Before accepting this appointment, Thompson was the associate director of Northeastern’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.
Prior to beginning her career in higher education, Thompson worked for several years in the legal field. She was assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, Mass., from 1996 to 1999, where she served as the lead prosecutor for juvenile offenses in West Roxbury District Court.
Before that, she was a staff attorney for Greater Boston Legal Services, during which she represented indigent English and Spanish-speaking clients in housing matters.
Thompson earned her law degree from Suffolk University and her bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion from Colgate University. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in January 1992 and the U.S. District Court in 1993.