Public Forum Reminder: Candidates for Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The first of the three public presentations from finalists for the position of vice provost for diversity and inclusion will kick off from 2-3 p.m., today, May 2 with Rosalyn Hargraves in the E.J. Ball Courtroom, WATR 240; followed by Kauline Cipriani from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Giffels Auditorium; and Carolyn Dunn from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in the E.J. Ball Courtroom, School.

The vice provost for diversity and inclusion serves as the chief diversity officer for the University of Arkansas and drives the development and implementation of university strategic plans and frameworks for diversity and inclusion. The university articulated "Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion" as one of its eight guiding priorities — and emphasized the many dimensions this involves.

VICE PROVOST FINALISTS

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order below, will each participate in a public presentation while on campus.

  • Kauline Cipriani holds the positions of co-director of the Center of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion and director for Diversity and Inclusion at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she is also an assistant professor in the department of comparative pathobiology. Cipriani encourages, develops, implements and assesses strategies to increase diversity at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue, including the development and delivery of online training modules for faculty, staff and students. She holds a doctorate in food microbiology from Purdue University. Cipriani will give a public presentation followed by audience Q&A from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Giffels Auditorium, Old Main. Read more in Cipriani's curriculum vitae.

  • Carolyn Dunn served as the associate vice president in the Office for Institutional Diversity and as chief diversity officer at Central Michigan University. At CMU, Dunn initiated and champions diversity efforts related to curricular and co-curricular programs; provides leadership and education to promote a climate conducive to the expansion of diversity; and prepares and submits grants to support diversity efforts. She holds a doctorate in American studies and ethnicity from University of Southern California and a certificate from the Institute of Educational Management in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dunn will give a public presentation followed by audience Q&A from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in the E.J. Ball Courtroom, School of Law, WATR 240. Read more in Dunn's curriculum vitae.

  • Rosalyn Hargraves is the associate vice president for inclusive excellence and assessment at Virginia Commonwealth University and most recently served as special assistant for inclusive excellence and assessment. In her role, she serves as the acting chief diversity officer and has worked on designing and implementing universitywide strategies and tactics to institute planning, evaluation and assessment practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion. She holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia. Hargraves will give a public presentation followed by audience Q&A from 2-3 pm, Tuesday, May 2 in the E.J. Ball Courtroom, School of Law, WATR 240 Auditorium. Read more in Hargraves' curriculum vitae.

The campus is invited to provide feedback on the candidates via a member of the search committee, listed below:

  • Stacy Leeds, professor of law, dean of School of Law, search committee chair
  • Freddie A. Bowles, associate professor of foreign language education
  • Paul Cronan, professor, information systems
  • Ro DiBrezzo, vice provost for faculty development and enhancement; interim vice provost for diversity and inclusion; and professor of health, human performance and recreation
  • Lioneld Jordan, mayor, City of Fayetteville
  • Heather Lyn Nachtmann, associate dean for research and professor of industrial engineering
  • Luis Fernando Restrepo, professor of world languages, literatures and culture
  • Mary Cathleen Savin, professor of microbial ecology
  • Elecia C. Smith, assistant dean of human resources, diversity, and faculty services, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Quincy D. Spencer, director of new student and family programs, Division of Student Affairs
  • Calvin White Jr., chair and associate professor of history
Contacts

Laura Jacobs, chief of staff
Chancellor
479-575-4140, laura@uark.edu

Mark Rushing, assistant vice chancellor
University Relations
479-575-5555, markr@uark.edu


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