Leadership and Support for Inclusion and Diversity

Office of the President Letterhead

DATE:           May 11, 2016

TO:                 University Community

FROM:          Dr. Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., President

RE:                 Leadership and Support for Inclusion and Diversity

As the spring semester comes to a close, I feel it is important to provide the University community an update on the status of leadership and support for Inclusion and Diversity on campus.  You will recall that following spring break, I wrote to the University community and reaffirmed that the commitment to, importance, and value of diversity are central to the mission of our University.  To that end, I announced a reorganization of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and coordination of efforts across campus and to support students.

I am pleased to share the following updates:

  • The search for the Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity is well underway, progressing right on schedule.  The position attracted many quality applicants, and the search committee (which includes staff, faculty, and students) conducted several interviews and has identified a small number of final candidates who will be coming to campus over the next two weeks.  Please look for an upcoming invitation in Hawk Hill Today to attend an open session to meet the candidates.
  • Following the appointment of the Assistant Provost, the membership, role, and expectations for the (University-wide) President’s Council on Inclusion and Diversity will be determined and in place for the fall semester.  Additionally, an Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Team will be established to coordinate initiatives across campus and ensure reach to students, faculty, and staff.
  • We continue evaluation of options for space additions and enhancements for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and student groups.  We recognize the challenges associated with identifying space and completing the necessary work but are firmly committed to accomplishing this as soon as possible.

I am grateful to Dr. Cary Anderson, Vice President for Student Life and Associate Provost, and all the members of the search committee for their timely work on this important search.  I thank all of you who embrace diversity at Saint Joseph’s University.  Building a culture that is welcoming and inclusive to individuals from all backgrounds is a responsibility we all share.