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Update on Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Search

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Jeremy Haefner

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Dear Members of the DU Community,

I want to provide an update on our national search for the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, which we announced this past spring.

As you may recall, the search committee is co-chaired by Art Jones, interim vice chancellor for diversity & inclusion and Lili Rodriguez, vice chancellor for campus life & inclusive excellence (CLIE). Thanks goes to each of them and the other members of the committee for agreeing to serve on this important search.

The other members of the committee are:

  • Nashwa Bolling – Associate Director of Budget, Research & Analysis, Financial Aid
  • Roberto Corrada – Professor of Law and Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning
  • Allana Forte – Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment, Office of Admission
  • Michele Hanna – Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work
  • Laura Maresca – Vice Chancellor of Human Resources
  • Lisa Martinez – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • Amanda Moore McBride – Dean, Graduate School of Social Work
  • Chris A. Nelson – Assistant Professor, Morgridge College of Education
  • Bob Willis – Assistant Vice Chancellor of External Relations, Athletics and Recreation
  • 1 trustee
  • 1 undergraduate student
  • 1 graduate student

Student representatives will be selected through a nomination process in the fall quarter; please be sure to refer to the Bridge and the Pulse for updates.

The committee will approach its work with a keen commitment to listening, as well as representing and considering DU’s campus community stakeholders. They will thoughtfully review application materials, interview candidates, support the candidate’s final visits to campus and, of course, provide the chancellor and provost an analysis of each of the finalists.

The committee has been charged with finding a pool of candidates that:

  • Are open to understanding the specific story and needs of this university and have the experience to develop effective initiatives;
  • Are able to lead a collaborative effort with the VC’s of SAIE and HR to ensure faculty, staff, and student initiatives complement one another and are unified in their efforts to improve culture; and
  • Have the skills needed to represent community member concerns, as well as represent the University externally on issues of diversity and inclusion.

The work of the search committee will be aided by the search firm Isaacson Miller. Isaacson Miller has a highly credible record of conducting successful searches for leaders committed to advancing a culture and climate of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. Isaacson Miller’s experience in recruiting senior diversity officers (SDOs) is both deep and broad.

Please feel free to direct any questions, concerns or ideas to Interim Vice Chancellor Jones ( or Vice Chancellor Rodriquez ( They will continue to communicate and consult with community stakeholders as the search unfolds.


Jeremy Haefner,