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Action Item: Search for new chief officer of diversity, equity, and inclusion

In Progress

The Action Item is being worked on, with the goal of completion.

The Action Item is being worked on, with the goal of completion.

Search for and hire a new chief officer of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Updates

Updates as of June 3, 2021

  • President David Fithian announced that Dr. Judy (JJ) Jackson will serve as interim chief officer of diversity, equity, and inclusion (CODEI) while the national search for a permanent appointment continues. Dr. Jackson will oversee the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, serve on the university’s Leadership Team, and be responsible for programming and support for all members of the Clark community. She is going to contribute greatly to helping the university move forward in these important efforts.

Updates as of Nov. 11, 2020

  • A search is under way, led by a committee chaired by Esther Jones, associate provost and dean of the faculty. Clark has hired Ponneh Varho of the search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist.

Updates as of Sep. 23, 2020

  • Jie Park, associate professor of education and director of the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies, and Michael Vidal, director for diversity and inclusive excellence in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), will provide interim leadership for the ODI and Clark’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work more broadly. Professor Park will oversee continued forward momentum on our commitments to curricular review and change, while Mr. Vidal will advance the work of the #ClarkForward initiative, manage the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and continue his development and oversight of programs to foster inclusive excellence.