Director of Information Technology
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Interview
You have to acknowledge that you have an identity, that you have a perspective that you are bringing to the table; and if you are not dealing with the biases that come out of that, then you are complicit in the adverse outcomes.
Ashby was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee where he also attended The University of Tennessee for his undergraduate degree. He worked there for a time as an admissions data specialist before he and his wife made their way to the Saint Louis area where Ashby pursued a graduate degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Later, he found his way to the WashU Brown School via a friend who was working on a research project there. He has spent the last 12 years with the Brown School, starting in the research center before moving on to administrative and user support for admin systems, and finally into an IT role which became the Director of IT for the Brown School.
Ashby views diversity, equity, and inclusion as an ongoing process that requires deliberate action and daily commitment to self-awareness and introspection. He believes that his perspective alone is not enough and optimal inclusion and the best services for IT consumers is produced by gathering a plethora of unique voices in a space of collaboration.