Opportunities and Challenges
The vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion will be expected to address the following opportunities and challenges, among others:
Establish and oversee the university’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Bradley is establishing a new division to drive the campus-wide vision for DEI. The division will work with trustees, senior leaders, and other individuals involved in shared governance of the university to increase awareness and understanding of DEI as an institutional imperative; to advance measurable and sustainable actions needed to counter systemic barriers, explicit and unconscious biases, and inequities; and to build institutional capacity to achieve inclusive excellence and support the flourishing of all members of the Bradley community.
President Standifird has authorized the realignment of the existing Office of Diversity and Inclusion (currently three FTE positions), has created a $500,000 two-year starting project fund to establish the new division, and will work with the vice president to develop additional funding for initiatives and staffing. The vice president will work with the university’s marketing and communications team to develop Bradley’s brand for DEI efforts and communicate regularly with the campus community regarding DEI activity and resources.
Lead the development of a unifying strategic vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Bradley University
The vice president will formulate and articulate a vision for DEI at Bradley for the present moment and as the university’s understanding of the needs and aspirations of its community evolves and changes over time. The vice president will provide campus-wide leadership, concrete steps, counsel, advocacy, and a point of connection and communication for achieving this vision. To that end, the vice president will conduct an inventory of existing DEI resources and initiatives in order to identify strengths, gaps, and opportunities, and work to bring them together into a cogent, powerful whole.
Guide the university in developing and implementing an overarching DEI strategic plan
The vice president will design, develop, and execute an overarching strategic plan for DEI in collaboration with all internal university partners, including senior academic and administrative leadership, faculty, staff, students and a diverse array of external partners and communities. The vice president will serve as a resource to divisions across the institution and assist them in developing and implementing their unit-level DEI strategic plans. This individual will convene partners from across the institution to coordinate, listen, and encourage productive collaboration toward a set of common goals. In order to do this effectively, the vice president will build mutually supportive relationships across the institution through engagement with faculty, staff, and students.