Commissioner Toliver, Ph.D., CFLE, is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Sociology, and Co-coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of specialization include multicultural diversity, family/workplace intersections, race and ethnic relations, sociological theory, and sex and gender studies. She has written about and researched U.S. families, particularly African American families, multicultural organizational development, and other subjects.
In 2011, she received the Urban League of Southern Connecticut Women’s Leadership Award, and in 2013 was the recipient of the American Council on Education, New York State, Women’s Empowerment Award. She was appointed to the PCSW by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey in 2013.