The University of Maryland (UMD) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DDEI) for the Division of Student Affairs (DSA). UMD, College Park is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship, and innovation, the university is home to more than 41,200 students from 50 states and 116 countries, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 400,000 alumni, all dedicated to moving Fearlessly Forward In Pursuit of Excellence and Impact for the Public Good. Located just outside Washington, D.C., the university community discovers and shares new knowledge through a renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts, and athletics. UMD has launched the new onboarding program called TerrapinSTRONG, a shared vision and values for the entire campus community. These onboarding experiences are the first step to creating an inclusive campus, and the TerrapinSTRONG vision is the shared understanding from which the university works to improve the campus’s sense of community, connection, and inclusion.

The Position


Reporting to the assistant vice president for student affairs for engagement, the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion will guide and lead efforts to cultivate an environment that values and demonstrates the division of student affairs’ commitment to all components of diversity, equity, and inclusion among the students and staff. This new position will be responsible for developing, supporting, and implementing diversity, anti-racist, and inclusion strategies, initiatives, and programs for the division and UMD students. This work will be done in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The DDEI will develop and provide programs and services, open to all, aimed at enhancing the academic, social, emotional, and overall success of students from underrepresented and minoritized communities, as well as the entire student body. In addition, the DDEI serves as an advocate championing diversity as a critical component of social, academic, and intellectual life on campus and promoting a divisional culture of inclusion where students from all racial and ethnic identities, age, nationality, social and economic statuses, sexual orientation, gender identity/ expression, religion, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental ability are able to thrive and be engaged.
Other specific duties for the DDEI, as outlined in the position description include the following.

Strategic leadership, planning, and assessment

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the Division of Student Affairs strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in coordination with the DSA vision, mission, and values
  • Lead efforts to envision a new organizational alignment that will enhance the communication, efficiency, and impact of the DSA’s student facing unit/program areas
  • Lead and navigate strategic and solution-oriented approaches to improving campus climate relative to diversity, inclusion, and equity, focusing on the results of a recent campus climate survey
  • Inventory programs offered for students via DSA departments and make recommendations for gaps
  • Review organizational practices, processes, and structures across DSA departments and functions to identify needed improvements toward achieving DEI goals
  • Assess and develop learning outcomes for DEI programs
  • Collect, analyze, monitor, and disseminate information to campus administration faculty, staff, students, and the public on the status of DEI efforts in Student Affairs at UMD and establish effective modes of communication about ongoing diversity programming
  • Research, identify, and introduce high-impact strategies that advance the priorities of inclusion and retention of marginalized and systemically excluded student populations within the context of divisional priorities focused on student engagement, health, and wellness, and student belonging and connection
  • Identify and prioritize data collection needs to enhance DEI policy and program development and decision making, determining the access and credibility of various sources and propose targeted data collection efforts when relevant sources are limited or non-existent

Coordination and collaboration within and outside Student Affairs

  • Advise the vice president for student affairs (VPSA) and DSA leadership on matters related to campus climate as it relates to UMD’s goals for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Work with the vice president for diversity and inclusion and serve as the division’s diversity officer to coordinate and execute annual campus-wide events, history/heritage month programs, and other initiatives that facilitates dialogue about and promote broad student understanding of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and cultural engagement
  • Work closely and meet regularly with staff in the Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy Unit
  • Partner with Nyumburu and Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE), and other external DEI entities, including Academic Achievement Programs, Incentive Awards Program, Student Government Association, Graduate Student Government, and Athletics to help coordinate programs for marginalized student populations
  • Co-facilitate a campus-wide process with the guidance of Piscataway Tribal community members to develop a Land Acknowledgement for the UMD community
  • Identify, build, and sustain campus partnerships with student organizations, colleges, and campus stakeholders to support DEI initiatives and strategies; cultivate and promote an inclusive learning environment fostering student development that encourages and supports community-wide programs, workshops, events, and advocacy for affinity groups
  • Serve as the key liaison between Academic Affairs, the Colleges, and Student Affairs on multicultural student issues and efforts; collaborate with the Office of the Provost and others on programs, trainings, and dialogue efforts; build strong, collaborative relationships with diversity officers, other campus partners, students, faculty/staff, and families in support of underrepresented student populations
  • Partner with DSA Marketing and Communications to regularly communicate internal and external DEI initiatives, events, and progress
  • Serve on the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT)

Staff development and supervision

  • Supervise the senior manager of the Student Success Initiative and oversee all programming for the Student Success Initiative
  • Serve as a co-chair for the Student Affairs Diversity Initiative (SADI)
  • Develop dynamic and intentional DEI training, programs, and initiatives for staff that support and align with the division’s vision, mission, and values
  • Curate multicultural capacity and a competency development plan for staff within the division to enhance capacity to create an inclusive culture and leverage diversity
  • Coordinate divisional DEI onboarding/orientation components in partnership with divisional and university TerrapinSTRONG efforts

Student Advocacy and Support

  • Serve as a strong advocate, mentor, and resource for students of diverse backgrounds
  • Implement programs and services that support and affirm multicultural students
  • Provide guidance and support to a wide range of university-recognized diverse student organizations and coordinate with a range of student groups on multicultural affairs, diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Counsel, advise, and consult with students individually and collectively to embrace the importance of building an inclusive, uplifting, and welcoming environment


This is an inaugural position for the Division of Student Affairs. The new director will be responsible for developing, supporting, and implementing diversity, anti-racist, and inclusion strategies, initiatives, and programs for the division and UMD students. This work will be done in partnership with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, which reports through the vice president for diversity and inclusion.


The new director of diversity, equity, and inclusion must understand best practices while being a thought leader capable of innovative and creative solutions. The emphasis on building a solid presence for the new office will be a priority for the DDEI as they focus on serving students and supporting the DSA. In executing this new endeavor, the DDEI will be a co-leader with all student affairs leadership to develop effective policies, protocols, and practices to ensure the fulfillment of this goal for the Student Affairs Division.

Additional challenges and opportunities for the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion are as follows.

Change management. The director will be courageous in advancing new ideas, thinking outside the box, and pushing the Student Affairs Division to address challenges with creativity, newly designed systems, and futuristic thinking.

Questions around the function of the position. It will be necessary for the successful candidate to help communicate the purpose of the office within the university and build relationships with significant partner offices and committees. It will be essential to highlight the area’s goals to illustrate how their function does not duplicate existing offices.

Collaboration. The director will forge significant partnerships with Student Affairs Diversity Initiatives Committee, Student Affairs Leadership Team, and all division staff through a defined strategic plan, training programs, new programming initiatives, and student engagement.

Amplify and build upon the work of the division. The Division of Student Affairs has contributed significant work in diversity, equity, and inclusion to students in past initiatives. The director will be able to continue that work and build upon it with solid collaborations, programs, and relationships.

Strategic planning. The director must demonstrate a leadership style that is credible and collegial while being highly effective. It is expected that the director will develop the strategic plan and direct the new area focusing on students’ academic and personal success.

Trust and confidence of students. The director will be charged with relationship building with current students who desire a greater sense of belonging and inclusion. The director must promote a culture of accessibility, transparency, and accountability through policy, communication, and practice.

Advocate. The director will be a champion and advocate for students while motivating other staff to understand the purpose of that advocacy. They will promote policies and practices that uphold equality and a greater sense of belonging among the student population.

Training. The director will be expected to be a content expert and coordinate training for the division around topics of diversity, equity, social justice, inclusion, and belonging.

Bias Response. The position will serve as a liaison to the Bias Incident Response Team. Experience in crisis and bias response, specifically with identity-based communities, will be an asset to the director as they will provide incident support to students.


At an appropriate interval after joining the University of Maryland, the following will initially define success for the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • The director of diversity, equity, and inclusion is a visible and engaged leader throughout campus, building bridges between students and programs that serve them.
  • The director of diversity, equity, and inclusion has analyzed, contributed to, and defined plans that are best practices for the division and the campus moving forward.
  • The director of diversity, equity, and inclusion is an essential team leader and collaborator with staff and students who are working towards the achievement of institutional goals.
  • The director of diversity, equity, and inclusion has assessed the impact of programs and services.
  • The director of diversity, equity, and inclusion has expanded the professional development, training, and mentoring of staff within the division.



A bachelor’s degree with five to seven years prior experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and initiatives is required. A master’s degree is preferred. Experience sought includes supervision of employees; collaborating with students, project management, and ability to drive programs that support diversity, equity, and inclusion programs; highly collaborative leadership skills, with an in-depth understanding of change management equity-centered organizational practices within the context of higher education and ability to translate metrics, research, and trends into strategy; excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work professionally, courteously, and effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community; excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience presenting and speaking to groups; successful track record of influence, community building, networking, and deploying effective programs to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; experience developing and facilitating professional development training for staff on topics such as culturally relevant and sustaining co-curricular pedagogies, recruitment and retention practices that promote staff diversification, and disrupting microaggressive behaviors in the workplace; demonstrated experience and understanding of procedural knowledge for responding to bias when they occur on campus; demonstrated evidence of teaching and/or scholarship in related higher education, student affairs, and diversity fields, including critical studies, race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, age, nationality, and privilege; higher education leadership, restorative justice, student retention, and persistence.
Additional capabilities and attributes identified as important by UMD stakeholders include the following.

  • A visionary who has the ability to translate division strategy into operational goals
  • Possess a high level of emotional intelligence, empathy, and concern for others, including the ability to navigate controversy with civility and respect
  • Attentive to cultural issues across campus
  • Strong collaborator—able to work with the administration, as well as faculty, staff, students, and partners in the community
  • Aggressive and forward-thinking in advancing student success
  • Advance forward-thinking and innovative ideas to keep the institution at the forefront of trends and best practices
  • Possess a commitment to professional growth and development for the division staff members
  • Approachable, visible, and engaged in all facets of campus life
  • Possess a communication style that builds trust, collaboration, and encourages team building
  • Articulate a sophisticated understanding of current student affairs trends and best practices and the key issues facing today’s college students
  • Maintain a willingness to take action when necessary, based on the values and priorities of student access, social justice and equity, and student learning and engagement

Institution & Location


The Division of Student Affairs serves the University of Maryland community—students, parents, faculty, staff, and visitors—through its 15 departments. All departments in the DSA work to ensure the success, health, and well-being of their students. In addition, the DSA serves parents, faculty, staff, and visitors through its various units and programs.

  • Accessibility & Disability Service
  • Adele H. Stamp Union
  • Conferences & Visitor Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Dean of Students
  • Development & External Relations
  • Dining Services
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Parent and Family Affairs
  • Resident Life
  • Residential Facilities
  • Student Conduct
  • University Career Center
  • University Health Center
  • University Recreation & Wellness

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Patricia A. Perillo – Vice President for Student Affairs

Patricia A. Perillo worked at seven institutions of higher learning before returning to her doctoral alma mater to serve as vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland. Immediately before she arrived at the UMD, she served as the VPSA and assistant professor of higher education at Virginia Tech for seven years. She has also worked at Davidson College, the State University of New York (Plattsburgh and Albany campuses), UMBC, and the University of Delaware.
Perillo provides leadership and oversight for more than 16 departments and administrative units in the Division of Student Affairs. With a team of over 3,000 students, faculty, and staff, a budget of over $240 million, and responsibility for nearly 50 percent of the campus’s physical capital, she is committed to ensuring transformative learning experiences for students. She obtained her doctoral degree in public and community health, with an interdisciplinary academic partnership with the student affairs program in the College of Education, from the University of Maryland. Her master’s degree in college counseling and student affairs and bachelor’s degree in psychology are from the University of Delaware. She has received honors and awards, including ACPA’s Esther Lloyd Jones Professional Service.

James McShay – Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. James McShay serves as an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has administrative oversight of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University Career Center, Department of Fraternity & Sorority Life and the Office for Student Affairs Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Prior to Dr. McShay stepping into this role, he was the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion at the University of Washington Tacoma where he led strategic initiatives, programs, and research efforts that foster a culture of equity, inclusion, and success for students, faculty and staff at the University.
Dr. McShay joined UW from his role as associate director of the Stamp Student Union at UMD where he directed the Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy Office and supervised Leadership & Community Service Learning and Human Resources which are units housed in the Stamp Student Union. During his tenure at Maryland, he was appointed to serve as the Chair of the President’s Commission for Ethnic Minority Issues and served as the founding Co-chair for the Student Affairs Diversity Initiative. He was the former Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Iowa State University and served as the faculty director for a campus-wide program called Dialogues on Diversity.
Dr. McShay earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York-Oswego, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University in Education with a specialization in multicultural and international curriculum studies.


The Division of Student Affairs is committed to building a community of care, dedicated to uplifting students and affirming that the University of Maryland includes all community members. In partnership with staff, faculty, and students, the Division of Student Affairs is undergoing a project to re-establish its mission, vision, and values to guide them in their work.
In the past, values included providing outstanding service, emphasizing individual development, building community life, focusing on student health and well-being, and a commitment to diversity. While that is not expected to change, they anticipate adding to and building upon past good works.


The Division of Student Affairs offers programs and services designed to support and enrich all aspects of student life at the University of Maryland. The fifteen departments, comprised of a diverse and dedicated staff, are organized around a joint educational mission: to maximize students’ potential by cultivating personal, social, and intellectual development. The primary goal is to prepare students for the realities of living and thriving in an increasingly diverse global society by integrating into out-of-classroom learning experiences and helping students build their capacities as leaders and as citizens. The university is committed to creating a campus climate that affirms the value of diversity and multiculturalism.


Darryll J. Pines – President

Darryll J. Pines serves as president of the University of Maryland and the Glenn L. Martin Professor of Aerospace Engineering. Pines has amassed a record of academic leadership and research accomplishments that have dramatically elevated the school’s rankings and stature nationally and internationally. In 2019, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his “inspirational leadership and contributions to engineering education.”
Pines has instituted sweeping changes to improve the student experience, including revamping teaching in fundamental undergraduate courses, encouraging participation in national and international student competitions, emphasizing sustainability engineering and service-learning, and expanding innovation and entrepreneurship activities.


The mission of the University of Maryland, College Park is to provide excellent teaching, research, and service. The University educates students and advances knowledge in areas of importance to the state, the nation, and the world. The University is committed to being a preeminent national center for research and graduate education and the institution of choice for Maryland’s undergraduates of exceptional ability and promise.

The University of Maryland is a community of individuals living and working together to support and advance the educational and research mission of the Institution. The goal is to become a community that is:
Secure and Safe
Empowered and Open to Growth

Strategic Plan
The University of Maryland’s plan is rooted in values-driven excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, impact, innovation, collaboration, and service to humanity. It is a living document that lays the foundation for innovative new initiatives, balanced with careful attention to providing value to the local community, state, nation, and the world. The plan will evolve as the world does.


Benefits Overview


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Application & Nomination


Review of applications will begin June 9, 2022 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 may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

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