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.
DATE: March 18, 2016
TO: SJU Community
FROM: Dr. Mark C. Reed
RE: Leadership for Inclusion and Diversity
Commitment to inclusion and diversity is central to our institutional mission, which calls us to be active global citizens who think critically and act responsibly. It is incumbent upon us to ensure that Saint Joseph’s is a welcoming and accepting place for students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds to live, learn, and work.
To address this critical area and in response to ongoing, thoughtful campus-wide conversations on this topic, I am announcing the reorganization of formerly separate offices and functions and the creation of the position of Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, reporting to the Provost through the Vice President for Student Life & Associate Provost. This senior leader will oversee and lead institutional diversity initiatives and student diversity programs and services, including the Office of Multicultural Life, the Women’s Center, and the Ignatian College Connection and other diversity related pre-college programs.
The Assistant Provost will also coordinate and work closely with the offices of Human Resources, Admissions, Student Success, Veterans’ Services, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and Student Disability Services to promote, support, and sustain a diverse and inclusive community. As a core member of the Provost’s Council, the Assistant Provost will be well-positioned to promote the needs of all underrepresented groups and advance diversity initiatives. Moreover, we will identify and establish a unified physical space for staff working in these areas and the students they serve. We will begin the recruitment and hiring process for the Assistant Provost position immediately.
The creation of this position makes a clear statement about the value of diversity at Saint Joseph’s, but the work that needs to be done cannot and will not be accomplished by one individual. It is our collective responsibility. Therefore, I am also creating the President’s Council on Inclusion and Diversity, to be chaired by the Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, but comprised of representatives across our campus. The Council will report to me regularly on the status of efforts to promote, support and expand the culture of diversity on our campus. I will consult with the senior leadership of the University before finalizing appointments to this new council.
I’m grateful to all those on campus who actively embrace diversity and make a difference in the lives of our students.
Dr. Mark C. Reed