UND Diversity Advisory Council Continues Progress; President Kelley Announces Creation Of Chief Diversity And Inclusion Position

The University of North Dakota’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) has issued a report of its activities for the 2011-2012 academic year, along with a list of recommendations for further action. In response to the DAC’s recommendations, UND President Robert O. Kelley has approved the creation of a new position at the University to strengthen and advance the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“Becoming an exceptional UND means that we will create and maintain a diverse, welcoming and inclusive campus environment that values difference as a critical element of discovery and learning,” said Kelley.

He added, “The work of the DAC and the strengthening of our diversity efforts have been the cumulative work of many groups at UND over the years. We are grateful for their efforts and intend to move to the next level by implementing the DAC’s recommendations and creating this new campus leadership role.”

A timeline has been established for creating the new position, and during fall 2012 the University will retain consultants to help define the organizational structure and job description that will best help the University achieve its diversity goals. This process will include an opportunity for campus and community members to meet with these consultants to provide feedback. The University anticipates posting and filling the position in 2013.

A full copy of the DAC report including a list of the membership can be found at UND.edu/provost/diversity/diversity-report.cfm.

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