3/28/2011: UO’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity needs a new Vice President. It’s a big job, with a large budget and staff, control of a lot of dedicated funds, and in the right hands it has the potential for a lot of positive impact.
The hiring committee was appointed in January and is chaired by Scott Coltrane and co-chaired by Robin Holmes. They will hold their first public meeting, a “visioning session” that will solicit input on a new job description for the VP position, this Wednesday, from 2:00-3:00pm in the EMU Fir Room. There are some good people on the committee and starting from scratch seems like a good sign.
Oregon has way too many bright kids from low SES families – of all races/ethnicities etc. – who are not ready for college. With the coming K-12 cuts this is going to get way worse. I think developing effective programs to help these students get ready for UO and succeed at UO should be job #1 for OIED. To do this we will need a VP with a lot of energy and expertise in “fill the pipeline” programs.
I started this blog a few years ago in large part because of my strong feelings about how badly UO had been handling diversity issues. I think there is a lot that could be learned from an honest appraisal of UO’s many past mistakes with this office. But there are also some reasons to not dwell on those mistakes. I intend to give this new start for OIED every chance to succeed.