Skyller Walkes, MA, PhD
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor of Instruction
The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
Presentation: Social Determinants of Health and the Impact on Patients’ Lives
Dr. Skyller Walkes is a deeply impassioned diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion leader who champions social justice through critical dialogue with the hopes of impacting positive change within shared communities. As a graduate of the Adult, Professional, and Community Education doctoral program at Texas State University, her scholarship focuses on Critical Race Theory, Afro-Latinx identity, art activism, race and intersectionality. Dr. Walkes also holds three Bachelor’s degrees in the areas of Communications, English, and Mass Media Journalism from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration from Kean University.
In her current role as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Instruction in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Walkes serves as chief College of Pharmacy spokesperson for diversity and inclusion, while bringing leadership, vision, integrity, and an intentionally inclusive team-oriented philosophy to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion efforts. This encompasses areas of recruitment, selection, appointment, and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff, while promoting a culturally responsive approach to pedagogical and andragogical development in the Healthcare Sciences.
Walkes has successfully developed and implemented a restorative justice and positive identity development curriculum at the Hays County Juvenile Detention Center, led and designed vaccination efforts for vaccine hesitant communities across the state of Texas, serves on the Steering Committee for the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center and on the Board of Directors for the Calaboose African-American History Museum, where she also serves as President and Director of Program Development, and as an Educational Consultant for CARE- College Athletes for Respect and Equality.
She also volunteers regularly with a wide variety of local, regional, national, and international organizations, demonstrating in her steadfast civic engagement and community involvement.
Skyller Walkes does not have any relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies (as defined by the Standards for Integrity and Independence).