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Deans’ Diversity Designates to serve as liaisons to Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence

by Dec. 4, 2020, 8:15 AM

The deans of Vanderbilt’s 10 colleges and schools each have named liaisons to work directly with the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence. These Deans’ Diversity Designates will serve as advocates for inclusive excellence as well as equity-, diversity- and inclusion-related initiatives at their respective schools and in their specific areas across the Vanderbilt campus.

Vice Provost for Academic Advancement and Executive Director of the Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence William H. Robinson (Vanderbilt University)
William H. Robinson, vice provost for academic advancement and executive director of the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence (Vanderbilt University)

“The Deans’ Diversity Designates will help bridge gaps across the university and offer recommendations on ways our schools and colleges can strengthen our collective efforts toward academic advancement, belonging and inclusion, and cultural awareness—both in education and in practice,” William H. Robinson, vice provost for academic advancement and executive director of the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence, said.

The Deans’ Diversity Designates are charged with creating purposefully equitable environments; expanding, sustaining and leveraging diversity among all identities, abilities and backgrounds; and including and centering the experiences of systemically nondominant identities within programs, policies and spaces on campus as a means to achieving a Vanderbilt community in which each member can thrive.

The designates will be guided by a collective responsibility to build a more inclusive and equitable Vanderbilt, with the aim of doing so through the sharing of information and by reviewing current processes and practices to recommend change rooted in equity, inclusion and belonging.

“I’m excited to work with the Deans’ Diversity Designates on expanding our respective areas’ initiatives toward collective efforts that support and invest in increasing diversity, cultivating a sense of belonging, and building a more equitable Vanderbilt,” said Alyssa Aloyo, program coordinator in the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence.

The Dean’s Diversity Designates are as follows:

Blair School of Music

College of Arts and Science

Divinity School

  • Ellen Armour, associate dean of academic affairs and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Gender and Sexuality

Graduate School

Law School

  • Yesha Yadav, associate dean for equity, diversity and community and professor of law

Owen Graduate School of Management

Peabody College of education and human development

  • Hasina Mohyuddin, assistant dean of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Duane Watson, associate dean of equity, diversity and inclusion and Frank W. Mayborn Professor of Psychology and Human Development

School of Engineering

  • Julianne Vernon, interim associate dean for academic success and research assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering

School of Medicine Basic Sciences

  • Linda Sealy, director of the Vanderbilt Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity and associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, emerita

School of Nursing

  • Rolanda Johnson, associate dean for diversity and inclusion and professor of nursing

The Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence encourages Vanderbilt community members to reach out to their respective school or college Deans’ Diversity Designate with ideas, concerns, comments or questions related to inclusive excellence in their area.

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