Texas Tech University

Professional Staff


Jade Silva Tovar

Senior Director


Jade Silva Tovar is a higher education administrator with thirteen years of experience committed to a student centered and assets-based approach to creating inclusive and equitable systems for campus environments. In her current role, she serves as the Senior Director of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Texas Tech University. In this role she is leading the student facing transformational experiences and services for the division while serving in multiple capacities collaborating with campus partners. Jade joined Texas Tech University in August 2018 from Arizona State University and is an alumna of ASU earning a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration with research on the Academic Success of African American Engineering Students at ASU. Her areas of experience include organizational development and service implementation, strategic planning, intersectional identity development, student development, building inclusive communities, student engagement, leadership development, entrepreneurial mindset, and grant management.

Jade worked across four campus locations in Student and Cultural Engagement/International Student Engagement at Arizona State University and in the Fulton Schools of Engineering in Student Engagement where she oversaw the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program, managed three engineering centers including an innovation hub, Engineering Projects in Community Service, taught introduction to leadership course, leadership development of engineering students and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Jade earned a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Iowa, having studied abroad at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. She has served on various state and national committees and boards to include: NASPA 2020 Annual Conference Innovation sub-committee, Arizona NASPA, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. Board of Directors, and the Iowa Latino/a/x Summit.


Nina Ham

Lead Administrator
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Nina Ham has worked with the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for 6.5 years and takes pride in her duties and knowledge as Lead Administrator. As a First-Generation student herself, Nina is passionate about providing a sense of belonging to all students she encounters and carries this mentality in her daily interactions with coworkers and guests of the DDEI. Nina earned her Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University while working full time. With proficiencies in Human Resource Development, Integrative Studies, and Human Development and Family Studies and in conjunction with her years of service at TTU, Nina is familiar with formal policies and procedures, and is a vital resource to her coworkers as being the person they go to for any questions related to TTU. Nina is currently working on her Master of Business Administration and hopes to complete it by Fall of 2020.

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