Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Distinguished among its peers, Connecticut College seeks its next Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion – a visionary leader, superb communicator and integral community member to build on its strong educational vision and raise it to the next level of excellence as a national leader in purpose-driven, integrative, equity-minded education. The College seeks a compelling leader - a professional with an established or emerging national reputation; deep knowledge of the scholarship of race, equity, and justice; proven experience in leading effective programs and in building diverse communities; and demonstrated commitment to policies and practices ensuring the just and equitable treatment of all people.
During the past five years, a time of historic challenge for the nation and the world, Connecticut College has been making history of its own. The story begins in 2015, when the faculty adopted a bold new curriculum, Connections, that puts the ideal of full participation at the very core of student learning and success. One year later, the Board of Trustees ratified a 10-year strategic plan, Building on Strength that translates this educational mandate into an institutional priority, with the vision of an environment where all people have the opportunity to thrive, reach their potential, and contribute to the flourishing of others for the greater good.
To advance this priority, a new integrated division of institutional equity and inclusion was created and, under the leadership of a highly effective inaugural dean and a talented team of professional staff, the College has made remarkable progress on its goals. As President Katherine Bergeron writes in the preface to the Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, the College recognizes that “to develop true citizens of a global society means preparing this generation for the difficult challenges of the next. It means recognizing the inequities and exclusions that define the world we inhabit now, and then developing the tools to build a better one for the future: by learning to speak respectfully and act honorably through our differences.” This important work has been underway at Connecticut College for several years now, the momentum only increasing through the coronavirus pandemic and worldwide calls for racial justice.
The dean of institutional equity and inclusion is a vital member of the President’s cabinet who, with a talented team of professional staff, oversees the education, development, and sustenance of a just campus community. Serving as the College’s chief diversity officer, has one of the broadest portfolios of all the senior leaders in the cabinet and works closely with colleagues in the senior administration to advance equity, inclusion, and full participation in every aspect of the educational, residential, and professional life of the College.
One of the hallmarks of this position is the high level of integration and collaboration among leaders both within and beyond the division. The unique collaboration between the dean of students, the dean of the College, and the dean of institutional equity and inclusion—the so-called Student Experience Group—is a case in point, providing a comprehensive vision of support for BIPOC students on campus.
INQUIRIES, NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS are invited from all qualified parties. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a statement of interest, reflecting how their qualifications and experience match those described in this leadership profile, and include names and contact information for five references. References will be contacted only following candidate approval. Send materials to the search committee’s consultants, Charlene L. Aguilar and Sarah Miller at [email protected]. For full consideration, materials should be received no later than April 26, 2021.
As a selective residential liberal arts college, Connecticut College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups. AA/EOE.