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B Afeni McNeely Cobham PhD

Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a native of East New York, Brooklyn, has worked in higher education for thirty years as a faculty member, administrator, and consultant.

In the fall of 2018, she joined Grand Rapids Community College as the inaugural Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. In this role, Dr. McNeely Cobham works with students, faculty, staff, and community members to embed principles of diversity and social justice into the bedrock of the institution.

An accomplished Student Affairs scholar-practitioner, Dr. McNeely Cobham has served in a myriad of roles in athletics, Greek life, housing and residential life, career services, student activities, leadership development, academic advising, student conduct, Title IX, and enrollment management.

Afeni (ah-fee-nah) earned a B.A. in Communications (Radio/TV/Film) from Marist College, an M.Ed. in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University (IU). Most notable about her tenure at IU was making history as the first recipient of the Master of Arts degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies.

Dr. McNeely Cobham's research interests examine race, identity, and culture in American higher education, identity development of college students, and the influence of Hip Hop culture and music in socio-political thought.  

Dr. MC, a moniker bestowed upon her by students, is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the Order of Eastern Star.

Selected Publications

McNeely Cobham, B. A. (2016) Sisters Rap the Blues: Examining the Perceived Impact of Rap Music on Black Women College Students. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No. 10.

McNeely Cobham, B. A. (2015). The Hip-Hop Generation. In W. Grady-Willis, B. A. McNeely Cobham & D. Velarde (Eds.), The struggle continues: Historical and contemporary issues in Africana Studies. Digital Textbook. Great River Technologies, LLC.

McNeely Cobham, B. A. (2011). White College Students. In M. J. Cuyjet, M. F. Howard-Hamilton, & D. L. Cooper (Eds.), Multiculturalism on campus: Theory, models, and practices for understanding diversity and creating inclusion (first edition). Stylus Publishing.  

Cobham, B.A. and Parker, T. L. (2007). Resituating race into the movement toward multiculturalism and social justice. In S. R. Harper & L.D. Patton (Eds.), Responding to the realities of race on campus (pp. 88-93). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


B. Afeni McNeely Cobham
B. Afeni
McNeely Cobham, PhD
Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer / Executive Director Woodrick Center
(616) 234-3390
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion