Natara Gray
Natara Gray
Director Undergraduate Admissions / Diversity Equity Inclusion East Nazarene College
Natara Gray comes to ENC with over 10 years of Student Affairs/Admissions experience within the Higher Education System.  Her life’s work is to provide educational access and opportunities to our youth. Her passion and dedication for supporting and empowering students, along with her deep commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Christ, is what brought her to ENC. “Often, one simply needs to know that you believe in them, so that they may have the courage to believe in themselves. I cannot wait to be a part of the journey our students will embark upon at ENC! I am both excited and thankful for the opportunity to join such an amazing team.”
Prior to ENC, Natara served as the Associate Director for Student Diversity, Inclusion and Undergraduate Admission at Babson College. Natara led Babson’s undergraduate diversity admission and recruitment initiatives and, was focused on cultivating a diverse and inclusive student body. She worked to establish, and foster internal and external community partnerships, and served as an ambassador of the institution, managing the application/ recruitment process for 18 territories. She sat on multiple scholarship committees, facilitated an MOU for a New York based CBO, increased applications and enrollment in her territories, and managed Babson’s overnight fly-in program. Natara was also responsible for the diversity training of all admission staff and is a certified implicit bias, and bystander intervention facilitator.
Prior to Babson, Natara was the Assistant Director for Student Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard Kennedy School, where she worked to create a more inclusive environment at HKS. She facilitated workshops, was a member of the admission, financial aid, and diversity committees, and managed the PPLC (Public Policy Leadership Conference), which serves underrepresented and underserved first and second year undergraduate students.
Natara received her BA in Communication Studies from Bridgewater State University and is currently pursing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration.