Office of Equity & Inclusion

Chief Diversity Officer

What does a CDO do?

  • Diversity is about recognizing all of the wonderful things that make us unique.
  • Inclusion is the process of leveraging those differences in a productive and equitable manner.

“I do not see my work as political, although political ideologies are encompassed in diversity. My role is to promote an environment that is welcoming to all. This is essential as the world becomes more globally connected. We must learn how to leverage our greatest resource, which is our human capital (SRR).”

Working Job Description:

  • Function as a subject matter expert on institutional diversity and inclusion as it relates to governance, administrative policies, and federal and state regulations
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the university's strategic diversity and inclusion plan
  • Collaborate with campus departments to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to enhance the campus climate, including but not limited to:
    • Partnering with faculty in curriculum development efforts to facilitate inclusive teaching and learning practices
    • Collaborating with Enrollment Management to implement strategic planning initiatives to recruit and admit students of diverse backgrounds
    • Working with the Marketing and Communication office to develop materials to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and successes
    • Collaborating with Human Resources to identify and hire a diverse pool of applicants and institute ongoing diversity trainings for new and current employees
  • Work to advance appropriate and effective campus responses to diversity-related incidents by engaging university personnel, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies
  • Develop and implement community outreach strategies that focus on building positive relationships between the community and underrepresented populations

Initial goals

  1. Help create a welcoming environment in which diversity is respected
  2. Assist in recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty, administrators and staff

Recommended reading

  1. Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji, Anthony G. Greenwald ($13.18 Amazon)
  2. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time) by Claude M. Steele ($12.96 Amazon)
  3. What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue by Steve L. Robbins ($1.32 Amazon)
  4. What if I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People 1st Edition by Verna A. Myers ($14.95 Amazon)