Announcing the Search for a Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

From the Provost's Desk

I am pleased to announce the launch of a search for a Chief Diversity Officer at Emory University. This position is essential for Emory's advancement toward eminence, and it is important to me both as the provost and as a faculty member that we fill this position that will strategically support and expand the inclusive excellence of our academic community. To continue our work of One Emory, we must be a destination that welcomes and affirms the talent and excellence of students, faculty, and staff drawn from a broad variety of cultural backgrounds and intellectual perspectives.

Search Process

Our approach to this search grows out of the work done by diversity leaders I recently convened from across our enterprise in a Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Discussion Group co-chaired by Lynell Cadray, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, and Dona Yarbrough, Assistant Vice President of Campus Life. The report and recommendations developed by this group have made it possible for us to advance toward this important moment in a way that is informed by the diverse perspectives of our Emory community. My thanks to Lynell and Dona, and to everyone in the discussion group, for your ongoing commitment to and partnership in creating a truly equitable and inclusive academic community.

I have selected a search advisory committee that will be led by Christa Acampora, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, and Yolanda Cooper, University Librarian. Deputy Provost Acampora and University Librarian Cooper have the experience and perspective to lead this important search process, for which I am incredibly grateful. The Search Advisory Committee, listed below, includes representatives of the Emory faculty, students, staff, and trustees and will play a key part in the process by providing wide-ranging perspectives and expertise. We have also elected to work with Oliver Tomlin, Jennifer Bauer, and John McFarland, consultants in the diversity practice for the search firm Witt/Kieffer.

Members of the Search Advisory Committee

Christa Acampora | Committee Co-Chair
Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs
Office of the Provost

Yolanda Cooper | Committee Co-Chair
University Librarian
Libraries and Information Technology Services

Lynell Cadray
Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion
Office of the Provost

Shantella Carr Cooper
Emory University Board of Trustees
Executive Director, Atlanta Committee for Progress

Erika V. Hall
Assistant Professor of Organization and Management
Goizueta Business School

Jamie Harrell
Business Intelligence and Analytics Lead
Goizueta Business School

Sheryl Heron
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs
School of Medicine

Amanda James
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community
Laney Graduate School

Sydney J. Kaplan
JD Student
School of Law
President, Graduate Student Government Association

Del King
Interim Vice President
Human Resources

Shinn Ko
Director, International Student and Scholar Services
Global Strategy and Initiatives

Joel LeMon
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Candler School of Theology
Director, Graduate Division of Religion
Laney Graduate School
Unconscious Bias Facilitator

Derrick Morton
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology
Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Emory Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Postdoctoral Fellow
Chair, Minority Postdoctoral Council

Nichole Powell
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Oxford College

Camila Reed-Guevara
Undergraduate Student
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Jason Schneider
Associate Professor of General Medicine
School of Medicine
President, University Senate and Chair, Emory Faculty Council

Justin Shaw
PhD Student, Department of English
Laney Graduate School

Javier Villa-Flores
Associate Professor of Religion
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Committee Search Administrator

Lynn Magee
Employee Operations Manager
Office of the Provost

Community Engagement

Emory community input will be critical to making this search successful. The search firm consultants, in tandem with the Search Advisory Committee, will arrange for town halls and other opportunities to hear from members of the Emory University community about the attributes you would most value in a Chief Diversity Officer. Dates and locations will be available soon. We hope you will attend and be part of the process.

A web page containing updates on the search process is available on the Office of the Provost website.

I look forward to working with you on this search for our Chief Diversity Officer, and to renewing our efforts at making Emory a university that values the contributions of diversity to our academic eminence.

With warm regards,

Dwight A. McBride, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

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