SIUE’s organizational structure includes several positions dedicated to diversity and inclusion efforts. With the addition of a Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, these positions and their responsibilities may be restructured, Chancellor Randy Pembrook said in a recent press release. Here are some of the duties that currently fall under each position:
Associate Chancellor for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Position currently held by: Venessa Brown
This position oversees the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, which works with units across campus to ensure their practices align with these values. They help to establish policies and programs at the university level to also promote diversity and inclusion efforts. This office often works on hiring procedures and focuses on hiring and retaining faculty and staff who come from a variety of backgrounds.
Director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Position currently held by: Lindy Wagner
The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion’s goal is to promote a positive campus community that is accepting and respectful of all backgrounds, according to the center’s mission statement. The director oversees these goals and ensures programs and policies are put in place to promote them. The center often holds events and programs to celebrate various cultures. This includes events for Native American Heritage Month, which is going on right now. The center also hosts Inclusive Conversations and graduation celebrations for several underrepresented groups.
Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion
Position currently held by: Courtney Boddie
This position was created within Student Affairs in July. In this role, Boddie serves as a member of the Student Affairs Senior Leadership Team and chairs the Division of Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is responsible for ensuring Student Affairs is doing its part to promote diversity and inclusion efforts on campus through reviewing its policies, training and hiring processes. He also serves on a number of campus-wide initiatives toward these purposes, including the Anti-Racism Task Force and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center.
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Position currently open, with search underway
The Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, once appointed, will serve as the university’s new Chief Diversity Officer. As such, they will have the power to reorganize SIUE’s diversity initiatives to make a more coordinated effort toward promoting diversity and inclusion. This position will provide leadership to the Anti-Racism Task Force, and will work closely with the SIU System's Diversity Advisory Council. The vice chancellor will also lead the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and chair the Bias Incident Response Team.