“The University of Michigan cannot be excellent without being diverse in the broadest sense of that word. We also must ensure that our community allows all individuals an equal opportunity to thrive.”
— President Mark S. Schlissel
The University of Michigan, one of the world’s preeminent research universities, is seeking its next vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer (VPEI-CDO).
In the context of the university’s longstanding and profound commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the VPEI-CDO is a position of broad leadership that has primary responsibility for guiding and supporting the community’s progress in this critical domain across all components of the institution. The VPEI-CDO works with the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on matters related to DEI at the university as well as a wide range of academic issues, including the budget process, faculty recruitment and retention, tenure and promotion, faculty development, and student enrollment. The VPEI-CDO advises the president on DEI, serves as university spokesperson on DEI matters, and oversees operations of three central administrative units.
This position offers the right individual a truly unique and exciting opportunity. As U-M’s principal DEI strategist, the new leader will systemically advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of the university’s core mission and contribute to the national dialogue around inclusive excellence and promising practices in higher education. The VPEI-CDO will provide both high-level strategic vision and pragmatic expert counsel to further U-M’s goals of recruiting and retaining a diverse community, building an equitable and inclusive campus environment, and ensuring students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds can thrive at the university.