Portland State University (PSU), the state’s public flagship university and one of the world’s preeminent research universities, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of assistant vice president for global diversity and inclusion.

The Position


The assistant vice president of global diversity and inclusion (AVPGDI) serves as a division and institutional leader, helping to advance Portland State University’s (PSU) ambitious vision to be a model for what equity and justice can look like at a diverse, urban opportunity institution. Reporting to Dr. Ame Lambert, vice president for global diversity and inclusion, the AVPGDI is a critical partner to the vice president, bridging vision and strategy with implementation through collaboration, capacity building, execution, and leadership of critical institutional initiatives and projects. The AVPGDI will collaborate with division directors, campus leaders, students, faculty, staff, and external constituencies to embed equity and justice into all campus operations, provide leadership in improving the institutional climate, and facilitate cultural change and transformation of the university for students. The AVPGDI will lead the division by providing professional development to advance and empower the employees within the division.  This position will lead, supervise, and serve as a mentor and coach for the disability resource center, student legal services, veterans resource center, and the Native American student and community center, and provide leadership of student fee-funded areas, education, and general funded areas, auxiliaries, and multiple federal and institutional programs that are supported by over $1 million of annual funding for federal programs. The AVPGDI will assess the institutional needs of the PSU community for diversity training and education and identify strategic learning opportunities which lead to sustainable individual, unit, and institutional change; advance the institution’s strategic priorities; and centers’ efforts that build capacity to support the retention, thriving, and success of minoritized students and employees. Additionally, the AVPDI provides leadership to the diversity action council (DAC) and committees implementing the Time to Act strategic priorities.

Additional duties and responsibilities of the assistant vice president of global diversity and inclusion, as enumerated in the institutional job description, include the following:

  • Advocate on behalf of students and staff to facilitate the implementation of programs and policies with senior and other administrative units on campus, including student affairs.
  • Supervise four program directors and co-supervise the administrative assistant and diversity operations manager.
  • Provide leadership in improving the institutional climate of the university for students and employees.
  • Serve on campus-wide committees, especially as an advocate for historically under-represented, first-generation, students with disabilities, multicultural, and diverse students.
  • Advocate for campus-wide policies and/or policy changes to enhance the academic success of students, including multicultural and ethnic minority students as well as students with disabilities.
  • Identify and promote professional development opportunities for all staff within the division.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings, exhibiting a willingness to change for continual improvement.
  • Explore external funding sources and prepare grant and program proposals to increase resources and programs for improved retention and graduation of underrepresented, first-generation, and students of color, and for the preparation of students of color for post-baccalaureate study.
  • In coordination with other university personnel, serve as a liaison between the university and the community to aid in the integration, participation, and retention of equity and multicultural students.
  • Work with campus partners to support and develop programming for first-generation students, including co-stewarding PSU’s participation in the First-gen Forward
  • Serve as a member of the divisional leadership team to assist in policy and planning for the division of global diversity and inclusion, including supporting the morale and alignment of the division.


The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of factors that impact the retention, success, and advancement of minoritized students and employees; demonstrate evidence of successful initiatives that impacted the retention of students; and be adept at fostering dialogue with multiple constituencies across and beyond the campus, building coalitions, and achieving results through influence, empowerment, and competence. The ideal candidate will also possess the energy, enthusiasm, drive, emotional intelligence, and gravitas necessary to achieve strategic goals and divisional and institutional priorities. Requirements include a minimum of a master’s degree and three years of relevant experience.

In addition to the qualifications stated above, key stakeholders identified the following capabilities and attributes of a successful candidate:

  • Think strategically, partner effectively, and execute with purpose and precision.
  • Be highly organized and disciplined.
  • Communicate easily and readily with a wide range of groups.
  • Exhibit a documented capacity to lead, mentor, develop, and inspire a creative, goal-oriented, and resourceful group of staff.
  • Possess a deep understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice issues, and how these impact an entire campus community.
  • Have a track record of experience designing a variety of synchronous and asynchronous learning and training programs.
  • Be proficient and experienced with needs assessments, program evaluation, and strategic planning for annual learning opportunities and services.
  • Demonstrate budget and resource management skills with the ability to creatively deploy institutional and student fee resources and seek alternative funding sources, including grant development and implementation.
  • Promote the use of justice tools such as an equity lens and universal design across campus.
  • Possess a demonstrated commitment to a strong collaborative style and the capacity to build bridges to other departments, faculty, students, and the community.
  • Exhibit a proven record of implementing change, establishing a vision and direction for a department, motivating staff and students to embrace change, and successfully creating new policies, systems, and programs to enhance the quality of campus life for a diverse student body.
  • Capable of developing strong, positive, and productive relationships with student leaders who are deeply engaged in activism and social justice change efforts designed to enhance and improve the campus climate for diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate exceptional listening, interpersonal, and communication skills to clearly articulate vision, direction, and purpose and earn the respect and confidence of the faculty, staff, and students.
  • Be proactive and work with purpose—be able to anticipate and address challenges using systems-level thinking and working toward institutional change, rather than simply reacting to incidents or focusing on individual remedies to issues as they present themselves.
  • Bring a positive, persistent, and flexible nature to lead in a time of ambiguity.


Dr. Lindsay Romasanta most recently served as assistant vice president for global diversity and inclusion. Romasanta transitioned to the University of California Davis in late 2022 to begin her role as chief of staff for the division of student affairs.


As a BIPOC majority student institution, Portland State University is deeply committed to advancing diversity and inclusion efforts and supporting the success of minoritized students as it leans into its opportunity mission and fulfills its responsibility as an anchor institution whose motto is “Let Knowledge serve the City.” Accordingly, the AVPGDI has an important voice in this regard. In transitioning to Portland State University, the AVPGDI may encounter the priorities, opportunities, and challenges listed below, as shared by key stakeholders.

  • The AVPGDI will evaluate systems and processes and endeavor to operationalize a dynamic diversity and inclusion strategy in a large, complex, mission-driven organization.
  • The AVPGDI will assess the institutional needs of the PSU community for training and education and identify strategic learning opportunities which lead to sustainable individual, unit, and institutional change, advances the institution’s strategic priorities, and centers efforts that build capacity to support the retention, thriving, and success of minoritized students, and employees.
  • The AVPGDI will support the division’s 50+ employees through professional development, community engagement, assessment efforts, and capacity building initiatives designed to retain and advance minoritized staff across campus.
  • At the vice president’s direction, the AVPGDI will support the DAC and the task force committees, ensuring the Time to Act goals come to fruition.
  • As a highly collaborative and relational leader, the AVPGDI will maintain a highly visible and active presence on campus, directly serving faculty, staff, and students and supporting the university’s institutional student success priorities, regularly connecting with key stakeholders, and developing relationships throughout the diverse communities in Portland.
  • The AVPGDI will seek to advance inclusive excellence, establish systems of accountability and evaluation, and use data-driven metrics to measure success, disseminate information, and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • In a time of shrinking resources, the AVPGDI will assess and communicate the impact divisional work has on campus-wide priorities while creatively deploying resources and seeking alternative funding sources.
  • The AVPGDI will lead and support an exemplary team by earning trust through authentic relationship building, enhancing staff morale, creating a culture of honest information sharing, soliciting others’ input, and fair and consistent accountability methods.
  • The AVPGDI will provide leadership, vision, and management to direct reports that enable them to move forward with a sense of clarity and purpose in supporting the division’s strategic goals and meeting the needs of students.
  • The AVPGDI must assess and analyze program and service outcomes and determine priorities for change that will enhance the quality of services, optimize available resources, and create a culture of shared vision and purpose among staff.


The AVPGDI will work with Vice President Lambert to determine specific measures of success and their respective timetables. The search committee offers the following general metrics for the position:

  • Good working relationships with senior leaders and stakeholders across campus.
  • Continued facilitation and execution of the Time to Act plan.
  • Staff within the AVPGDI portfolio feel encouraged and supported.
  • Implementation of systems of accountability and assessment using data-driven metrics to measure progress toward diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
  • Campus-wide diversity education and training needs are assessed, and a strategic plan is in process.
  • Faculty see the AVPGDI as a strategic partner and resource.
  • Effective leadership and support for the diversity action committee.
  • Greater communication and collaboration across the PSU community in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Institution & Location


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are parts of the essential framework of Portland State University as an institution and community. Global diversity and inclusion is the central division that leads and facilitates the continuous quest for inclusive excellence through its four pillars, student support and programs, equity and compliance, diversity advocacy, and diversity education and learning. The division of global diversity and inclusion oversees the following centers and services:

  • Cultural Resource Centers:
    • Multicultural Student Center
    • Pan-African Commons
    • La Casa Latina Student Center
    • Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American Student Center
    • Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian Student Center
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Diversity Education & Learning
  • Diversity Advocacy
  • Equity and Compliance.
  • Multicultural Retention Services
  • Native American Student and Community Center
  • Student Legal Services
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • TRIO Access Programs (Upward Bound and Education Talent Search)
  • Veterans Resource Center

Division Organizational Chart

Division of global diversity and inclusion student support and programs organizational chart

Divisional Leadership

Ame Lambert, Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion

Vice President Ame Lambert joined Portland State in the summer of 2020. She is a critical organization developer and change leader with almost two decades of experience in justice and equity work. A passionate advocate for the thriving of minoritized students and employees and an interdisciplinary educator on issues related to justice and equity, Lambert has a track record of successfully advancing systems, cultural, and programmatic change that has resulted in the measurable impact of diversity, retention, and climate.


Divisional Priorities

The AVPGDI will join the campus at a critical time. PSU has made racial justice a high priority of the institution. In 2020, the campus stakeholders gathered for A Time to Act Summit. Five task forces were formed to collect data and, from prior recommendations, to create primary priorities for the next three years. The task forces, now part of the long-standing Diversity Action Council (DAC), have been working on implementing the recommendations, completing most of the goals for the year as communicated in this recent update on the Time to Act Initiatives and checklist. The 2023-2024 academic year is the final year of the plan. Now is the time to deepen the work and ensure that equity and justice are part of the PSU DNA, especially as the institution is an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, and BIPOC majority at the undergraduate level in the Fall of 2022.

Diversity Action Council (DAC)

Created in 1999, the DAC comprises PSU faculty, staff, and students. The DAC’s role is to foster equity and social justice by reviewing PSU programs, policies, and decision-making and developing recommendations that aid the university in our work to serve the best interests of our diverse constituents. DAC members can serve in two ways: as a general member of the Diversity Action Council Main Body and/or as a member of one of four DAC committees.

The DAC committees are responsible for reviewing current practices, researching best practices, and supporting the development of diversity education and learning—all by working to fulfill their respective committee initiatives as outlined by the PSU Plan for Equity and Racial Justice. Four DAC committees organize institutional equity and racial justice work according to a five-dimension framework adapted from higher education’s two most popular DEI frameworks: The Inclusive Excellence framework and Smith’s Framework for Fostering Diversity and Inclusion.

  • Access, Success, and Equity
  • Employee Access, Success, and Equity
  • Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations
  • Education, Scholarship, and Service


Located in the heart of Oregon’s economic and cultural center, Portland State University is Oregon’s most diverse public university. PSU enrolls approximately 22,000 students from every state in the nation and more than 63 other countries in 93 bachelor’s, 88 master’s, and 21 doctoral degree programs. Founded in 1946, PSU is hailed by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges and universities in the West. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and all programs are accredited by professional bodies. PSU encompasses ten schools and colleges—College of Education, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of the Arts, College of Urban & Public Affairs, Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science, School of Business, School of Social Work, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, The Graduate School, and University Honors College. A Carnegie Doctoral Research University (High Intensity), PSU has grown its sponsored research in recent years, with $95.5 million in research expenditures in 2022-2023. With a vibrant campus spanning 48 buildings in the heart of downtown, PSU is an integral part of the Portland metro area.


The Student Body (Fall 2022 data)

Total enrollment: 22,014

Undergraduate: 17,237

Graduate: 4,777

Institutional Leadership

Ann Cudd, President

Portland State University board of trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Ann E. Cudd as the university’s 11th president. She began at PSU on August 1, 2023, following her most recent role as provost and senior vice chancellor at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt).

Cudd came to Portland from western Pennsylvania, where she has led academic operations at the 34,000-student, five-campus University of Pittsburgh since 2018. During her tenure at Pitt, applications increased by 60 percent. Cudd was instrumental in the university offering enhanced financial aid through the Pitt Success Pell Match, similar to PSU’s Tuition-Free Degree Program. She was also instrumental in promoting racial justice and equity initiatives, including developing an online course for incoming students on racism in America.

Prior to Pitt, Cudd served at another urban university as Boston University’s (BU) Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, that school’s largest college. While at BU, she developed an experiential learning program, Metrobridge, which brought real-world projects from the community into classes, similar to PSU’s capstone program.

Cudd holds three advanced degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, including a doctorate of philosophy and master’s degrees in philosophy and economics. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy from Swarthmore College. She has held faculty positions at the University of Kansas, Occidental College, Boston University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Cudd follows Stephen Percy who retired in July 2023 as president of PSU. Percy joined PSU to lead the College of Urban & Public Affairs in 2014, was appointed PSU’s interim president in 2019, and was named president in 2020. A tireless advocate, Percy championed the PSU strategic priorities of racial justice and equity, student success, and engagement to advance the revitalization of the Portland community and region.

President’s Organizational Chart



PSU offers excellent benefit packages that  are available to Portland State University employees:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Supplemental Retirement Options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Leave Options
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Discounts

For more information on the benefits offered at Portland State University, see here.

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position and questions about the status of the search may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at amk@spelmanjohnson.com. To be considered for veteran’s preference during the interview and appointment process, candidates must provide proof of eligibility by submitting a DD-214 or DD-215. Disabled veterans must also supply a copy of their veteran’s disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Required documentation must be submitted to Portland State University’s office of human resources by 5:00 pm on the closing date of the recruitment. You may send the documentation by email to employment@pdx.edu. Please use the word “veteran” in the subject line. Additionally, applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

The salary range is $110,000 – $115,000 and may be negotiated for highly qualified candidates.

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