Ms. Chotsani Williams West
Chotsani Williams West serves as the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Adelphi University. She teaches as an Adjunct Professor within the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Health Sciences. In pursuit of her life’s work, she made a purposeful career change from a thriving career in broadcast journalism and the television industry with Children’s Television Workshop - Sesame Street, Home Box Office (HBO), and Showtime Networks, to name a few. Volunteering for community-based organizations led to her passion for youth advocacy and social justice.
Chotsani obtained a master’s degree from Adelphi in Educational Leadership & Technology and holds certifications from Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City Center for Training & Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service: Skills to Mentor Youth and Mentoring Supervision. She has a career spanning over 20 years in youth and professional development, mentoring leadership, school reform and social services through a diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism lens, with an emphasis on Implicit Bias and Microagressions.
A skilled public speaker, facilitator, and coach, she lends expertise to panel discussions and radio programs such as 1240AM WGBB. She is a sought-after presenter and consultant for not-for-profit organizations. Her robust portfolio includes MENTOR New York, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI), Successful and Victorious Youth (S.A.V.Y), and the Office of Mental Health (OMH). Chotsani continues to coach and guide youth and adults on evidence-based best practices for mentoring and youth development programs with a holistic and strength-based approach.
Married with two children, family life keep her on her toes. Chotsani enjoys creative art projects: Exuberant Creations, LLC: About / Biography (exuberantcreationsllc.blogspot.com) and spending quality time with family.
Chotsani is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities Program at Molloy College, which focuses on the importance of diverse curricula, antiracism, and social justice. Her research explores the impact of mentoring relationships, equity, and access within educational spaces.