Announcement - February 10

Dear Campus Community:

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We would like to share some information with you regarding the search for Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (VPEDI), otherwise known as Chief Diversity Officer, CDO.

As President Cordano mentioned in her State of the University presentation to the campus community on January 31, the search will resume with a new search committee. One of the University's priorities is to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the campus community. The person holding the position of CDO will provide collaborative, strategic, and results-oriented leadership for these efforts.

The president has asked us to serve as co-chairs of this committee. Given the far-reaching implications of the position for the campus community, the search committee will include two representatives from each stakeholder group, including students, faculty, University staff, and Clerc Center staff. Per consultation with the respective governance bodies, the following individuals will serve on the CDO Search Committee:

  • Naima Boudreaux (undergraduate student)
  • Folami Ford (University staff)
  • Nayo Franck (graduate student)
  • Barbara Gerner de Garcia (faculty)
  • Arathy Manoharan (Clerc Center teacher)
  • Leslie Page (Clerc Center staff)
  • LeMarc Williamson (University staff)
  • Gregoire Youbara (faculty)
  • Heather Harker (co-chair)
  • Gaurav Mathur (co-chair)

The committee's role will be advisory. The committee will screen applications, interview candidates, receive and review input from the campus community, and recommend a list of finalists to the president for her decision. The committee will ensure that all finalists are qualified for the position.

The committee held its first meeting on February 6. We received training from EEO and reviewed the job description, which will be posted on the HR website within the next few days. We would like to share that the CDO will now report directly to the president, instead of both the president and the provost.

The timeline for the search process will be ambitious as it has been more than four years since the University has had a CDO. President Cordano wishes to have a new CDO in place by this summer so that the person will be ready to serve the campus community at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

The CDO search committee expects to send out regular updates to the campus community regarding the search through announcements in both ASL and English, and through a website that will soon be established that will house all information related to the search.

If you have any questions regarding the search, you may contact us, the co-chairs, anytime by emailing us at

Gaurav Mathur
Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Studies

Heather Harker
Chief of Staff to the President