Lindy Wagner was named as the new director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion in an announcement on Tuesday, Jan. 14. She will officially take on the role March 2.

The position has been vacant since the previous director, Timothy Staples, officially became the director of the East St. Louis Center in September, with Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Miriam Roccia providing leadership at the CSDI in the interim. 

While Wagner is new to SIUE, she has experience within the SIU system. She most recently served in the Office of Associate Chancellor for Diversity at Carbondale, starting in August 2019. In this role, she provided diversity and inclusion training for students, faculty and staff.

Wagner has also served as an associate at the Sustained Dialogue Institute since January 2017. SIUE has had a Sustained Dialogue program since Fall 2017.

In addition to SIUC, Wagner has worked at several other universities: Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina; Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

In her new role as the director of the CSDI, Wagner will be responsible for upholding the center’s mission, listed on their website as “to ensure a campus community that is welcoming, supportive and respectful of all individuals, differences, cultures and diversity of thought.” Wagner was appointed to the position by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple.

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