Dr. Patricia A. Efiom is the first Equity & Empowerment Coordinator for the City of Evanston where she provides coordination and leadership regarding issues of access, equity, and empowerment to services, programs and offerings to the residents.
Prior to coming to the City Evanston served as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer AME Church. During her tenure at the church, Efiom was deeply engaged in community issues serving on District 65’s Strategic Planning Committee, as Chaplain for Evanston Police Department (EPD), on the board of Peaceable Cities, and as a founding member and 1st co-chair of “Evanston Own It.” Efiom is also a graduate of the EPD Citizen’s Police Department and Leadership Evanston.
As a graduate student at Indiana University, Efiom served at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center where she provided programming, mentoring and training for Black students and staff. Shortly after graduating from Indiana University, Efiom was hired as Communication Director for the Tulip Trace Council of Girl Scouts. It was through the Girl Scouts that Efiom received early training in diversity at the world famous Edith Macy Conference Center.
As a professional, Efiom held multiple positions at Indiana University including Associate Director of Administration for Auxiliary Programs and Services; Assistant Director of Human Resources, and Senior Conference Manager. Efiom designed and hosted the “People of Color” Conference bringing together Higher Education professionals from across the Midwest to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion on predominantly White college campuses. Efiom also designed a mentoring program to help new professional staff of color make the adjustment to professional careers. In her position as Assistant Director of HR, Efiom designed a comprehensive diversity training program as well as a “diversity in hiring” program that included recruitment, selection, hiring, evaluation and retention. Efiom was selected to chair the Associate Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Committee which developed a strategic plan for diversity as well as a campaign to increase diversity awareness and create an atmosphere of respect on the Bloomington Indiana University campus. As a trainer with expertise in diversity, inclusion and equity, Efiom has had the opportunity to present around the country.
While in Bloomington, Efiom served on the City’s Dr. MLK Jr. Commission, the Monroe County School Corporation’s Forum on Race, Equity and Human Understanding in Education and as a Diversity hiring consultant for the HOPE Foundation. Efiom co-taught a course on Multicultural learning for preservice learning teachers at Indiana University’s School of Education. She was selected by the Lily Foundation as a two (2) year Fellow in the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program which engaged pastors in explorations of critical economic, educational, and political challenges facing Indiana communities, to help them develop the knowledge and skills to become stronger leaders in their congregations and communities. Efiom was co-founder of “Just Folks,” a grassroots organization founded in the wake of the 1995 OJ Simpson murder trial to help heal racial relations. Efiom can be seen speaking about Barack Obama here: www.dailymotion.com/video/x78loa