Tamra is passionate about empowering students from diverse backgrounds through mentoring, leadership development and multicultural education in order for them to gain a deeper sense of the unique ways the Lord has created them. She seeks to live out this passion through her role as director of the department for Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development.
Tamra’s career in higher education began shortly after she graduated from Biola University in May 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in management. Shortly after graduation, she began working in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Biola. Within this office she had many positions, with her longest held position being the assistant director of Multi-Ethnic Outreach and the director of the Biola Ethnic Advancement Team (BEAT). BEAT was a team of students from diverse ethnic backgrounds who, alongside Tamra, recruited diverse students to attend Biola through creative means such as dance, testimonies and worship in local multi-ethnic communities.
In order to more effectively serve students, Tamra completed a master of science degree in counseling (with an emphases in student development in higher education) in 2011, from California State University, Long Beach. Upon completing this degree, she accepted the position of associate director of Multi-Ethnic Programs and Development (MEPD). In this capacity, she worked with the MEPD team to create campus-wide diversity programming, counsel students and conduct diversity trainings. As a former Biola undergraduate student herself, Tamra does not hesitate to share about her experiences. She states, "While it was tough attending a predominantly white Christian university, it was the best thing I could have done because I was forced to engage in topics centered around diversity as well as develop my own ethnic identity as a Black Christian woman.”
After serving with MEPD for three years, Tamra was promoted to be the director of diversity initiatives. In this role, Tamra worked closely with campus administrators to develop their intercultural competence and address structural changes that need to occur on campus. Tamra served in this role for two years until the creation of the Office of Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development (SEID). As the director of SEID she is excited to serve diverse students holistically in order to see them thrive at Biola.
Tamra’s personal interests include youth ministry, teaching others the dance ministry of Gospel mime, and traveling. She is the wife of Hervey Malone II and the mother of two young sons.