Lynell Cadray

Protecting Emory's people by respecting the rules

Lynell Cadray likes rules. That's a good thing because as associate vice provost of equity and inclusion, Cadray must make sure that Emory follows the rules to be in compliance with federal regulations. She also advises senior leaders on developing and implementing initiatives related to equity and inclusion.

"I see this work as critical to Emory's position in higher education," Cadray says. "Each of the universities in the top national tier has an office of equity and inclusion."

"Our job is to ensure that all the members of the Emory community have the confidence that we are protecting their rights," Cadray says. The new Office of Equity and Inclusion encompasses Equal Opportunity Programs and Access, Disabilities, and Resources. It offers a wide range of services from investigations into discrimination and harassment to Title IX compliance. The office presents training programs that raise awareness of and explore issues related to diversity, from short sessions where participants discuss the nuances around diversity raised in a series of staged videos to all-day diversity training for office units. It also focuses on search and hire practices, offering training for those serving on search committees to ensure that Emory uses best practices to recruit a diverse workforce.

Cadray's experience makes her the perfect fit for managing the effort. A veteran of enrollment services, she served as the first chief diversity officer for both the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the School of Law at Emory. The most recent accomplishment under her leadership at the nursing school was a dual degree program between Emory and Spelman College, a leading liberal arts college for African American women. The partnership will help strengthen diversity in the nursing workforce.

When asked why she would want to take on her newest assignment, Cadray smiles. "I believe in processes," she says. "I understand the complexities of diversity, and I hope to bring all the pieces together at Emory to make sure we have a big impact."