Position summary

The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion leads institutional efforts in implementing a comprehensive strategic plan of advancing diversity, inclusion and equity at Western Michigan University by collaborating with students, faculty and staff, as well as with local and global stakeholders; addressing systemic barriers to inclusion and equity; galvanizing institutional constituents to participate in progressing diversity, inclusion and equity at all levels of the institution; providing intellectual leadership regarding diversity, inclusion and equity; and engaging in policy development and implementation. This position reports to the President and is a member of the executive leadership team. The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will supervise several personnel within the following units: Disability Services for Students; Division of Multicultural Affairs, which includes the College Assistance Migrant Program, MLK Jr. Student Scholars Academy and Mentoring for Success Program; Kalamazoo Promise Scholars Program; and Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services.

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Candidates to visit campus

Three candidates for the position of vice president for diversity and inclusion will visit the campus, meet with members of the campus community and make public presentations. The three finalists; the days, times and locations of their public presentations are:

  • Dr. Candy McCorkle, director of diversity and inclusion, Alma College, Alma, MI; public presentation set for Wednesday, June 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fetzer Putney Auditorium.
    Provide feedback on Mccorkle
  • Dr. Carmen Suarez, special assistant to the president, diversity equity and inclusion, Portland State University, Portland OR; public presentation set for Wednesday, June 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Fetzer Putney Auditorium.
    Provide feedback on Suarez
  • Dr. Donna M. Talbot, department chair, educational leadership, research and technology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; public presentation set for Thursday, June 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fetzer Putney Auditorium.
    Provide feedback on Talbot