University of Illinois searching for chief diversity officer

April 6, 2018 by  

The University of Illinois in Champaign is now conducting a nationwide hunt to fill a new position, that of its chief diversity officer.

According to an article in the News-Gazette, last year a team reviewed all the programs at the university that help promote diversity, and decided that such a position was needed. The team found the university spends approximately $60m on efforts to promote inclusion and diversity.

However, the way the programs are structured currently makes it hard to determine how accountability is assessed, programs are judged, and funds are prioritized. The team went on to recommend a structure that would help efforts to promote inclusion and diversity run more smoothly, which will be the responsibility of the new officer.

Robert Jones, the chancellor of the university, said the search is important, adding they are hoping to find someone who thinks outside of the box. The new vice president will be in charge of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a cabinet-level agency that has been newly created.

According to the job notice, it will be the task of the new Vice Chancellor to:

“…develop and lead a comprehensive and actionable campus diversity strategy that includes attention to recruitment, training, education, research, communication, policy, and governance at campus and unit levels.”

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