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Dean of Institutional Equity & Inclusion

Connecticut College

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Dean of Institutional Equity & Inclusion

Connecticut College

Title: Dean of Institutional Equity & Inclusion
Applications accepted through: 04/26/2021
Pay Type: Exempt (salaried)
Department: Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Reports to: President of the College
Appointment Type: Continuing Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Work Schedule: 52 weeks per year
Benefits Eligible: Full Benefits
Qualifies for relocation reimbursement: Yes

Job Summary:
Connecticut College is conducting a national search for 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 to serve as the College's chief diversity officer. The Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion 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.

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The Opportunity:
The Dean of Institutional Equity of 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. 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.

The eight staff members (associate dean, directors, program coordinators, and senior administrative assistant) who report directly to the dean, along with seven supporting staff members, are responsible for the excellence of the College's programs in equity and compliance; race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; religion and spirituality; and accessibility services, as well as bias training and response.

General Duties & Responsibilities:
As the chief diversity officer, the Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion will articulate and implement a vision for inclusive excellence by:
  • Acting as the President's strategic partner for inclusive excellence and serve on the President's cabinet, working closely with colleagues to promote equity and inclusion in every aspect of educational, residential and professional life of the College.
  • Providing leadership, expertise and guidance on equity and inclusion related issues, bringing their critical perspective to bear in consideration of all major policy initiatives
  • Work with faculty, students and staff to advance the College's commitment to full participation and diversity by serving as both leader and consultant in the effort to recruit and retain a faculty, staff and student body of varied backgrounds and interests.
  • Provide leadership on issues related to Title II and Title IX and assist in developing College policies and practices that ensure equitable and inclusive treatment for all people of protected status; support efforts to implement and adhere to these policies and practices.

    The candidate will hold a doctoral degree, with significant years of experience in college or university administration; success in working with diverse constituents on complex issues; and a high level of cultural awareness, sensitivity, humility, and discretion. Understanding of the culture of liberal arts colleges as well as the legal landscape of Title IX, Title II, 504, and other federal legislation related to equity in education is desired. Moreover, the candidate will be:
  • a superb communicator, skilled in the art of dialogue and capable of responding effectively and dynamically to the concerns of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees
  • a strong collaborator, with the ability to maximize the connections among different interest groups and to support a holistic and integrated approach to teaching and learning about difference
  • a deep listener, open to different points of view, relatable, approachable, and patient when dealing with misunderstanding and conflict
  • a strategic thinker, with the ability to plan and carry out long-range collaborative agendas
  • a team builder, with the capacity to manage and mentor talented staff by communicating goals and expectations, evaluating work, creating professional development opportunities, engendering trust, and instilling the courage to lead
  • a caring and compassionate educator, with the ability to both teach and learn; the courage to speak truthfully; the wisdom to model accountability; and the grace to inspire interpersonal dialogue and growth
  • an articulate spokesperson, fluent in critical concepts informing diversity education and empowerment, such as: full participation, intersectionality, ability, identity, critical race theory, queer theory, transgender equality, internalized oppression, transformative justice, universal design, and inclusive pedagogy, among others
  • a connector, able to establish healthy relationships across both internal and external constituencies
  • a willing partner, with broad and deep knowledge of, respect for, and interest in all areas of expertise that make up DIEI at Connecticut College
  • a thoughtful planner, experienced in collecting, assessing, and analyzing data to support planning and decision making
  • a savvy manager, skilled in budgeting and in growing programs that have the potential to provide both new educational opportunities and new sources of revenue
  • a visionary leader, ready to join a team of dreamers working toward a better world

    Required Documents:
    Cover Letter, Resume

    Applicant Credentialing:
    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 consultant, Charlene Aguilar, at [email protected]. For full consideration, materials should be received no later than April 26, 2021.
    Thorough applicant credentialing, including criminal records check, will be conducted on the selected candidate. As part of the College's commitment to keep our campus community safe, all members living, learning, teaching and working on campus participate in free, weekly, on-campus COVID-19 testing.

    To Apply

    The College:
    Founded in 1911, Connecticut College is a four-year residential college with a history of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The College's unique mission of “the liberal arts in action” has encouraged students, from the very beginning, to combine rigorous academics with real-world experience not just to make a living but to make a difference.

    The College's bold new curriculum, Connections, realizes that mission for the 21st century. Connections is a holistic approach to higher education that promotes complex thinking, problem-solving, and off-campus learning to prepare students for next-generation success. Students maximize the impact of their academic major by combining it with interdisciplinary study, world languages, off-campus learning, guaranteed internships and other professional development in a personally meaningful pathway leading beyond college. 93% of the most recent incoming class said that the comprehensive, integrative vision of Connections was the reason they chose to enroll at Conn.

    Students at Connecticut College have the opportunity to enhance their pathways with unique certificate programs in museum studies and in five centers for interdisciplinary scholarship: the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy; the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment; the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology; the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts; and the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity. The College supports the most highly endowed Academic Resource Center in the country, enabling excellence for every student. The new Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement allows students to integrate meaningful international experiences into their pathways. The renovated Hale Center for Career Development enhances the academic program with its own four-year curriculum, offering every student the opportunity to pursue College-funded internships and research experiences before graduation.

    The College supports 176 full-time faculty in 60 academic departments and programs. Excellence in research is evident through the many grants and awards garnered annually by faculty for their scholarship through disciplinary societies and through local, national, and federal foundations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Sloane Foundation and many others. The intimate 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio means students benefit directly from this research, working closely with faculty on research programs and frequently serving as co-authors in faculty publications.

    The community as a whole is bound by a fiercely held value of shared governance, by high academic standards, by a student-run honor code, and by a commitment to environmental stewardship and to full participation, the vision of an environment where all people can thrive, reach their potential and contribute to the flourishing of others. The campus is known for its eclectic mix of artists, scientists, researchers, activists, and scholar-athletes competing in NCAA Division III sports through the elite New England Small College Athletic Conference. The student body is drawn from 45 states and over 70 countries and supported by generous financial aid, with 29% domestic and international students of color in 2020, an increase of about 30% since 2015. The College's faculty includes 26% U.S. and international faculty of color. Of the 34 new tenure-track professors hired between 2016 and 2020, almost 50% were faculty of color.

    Connecticut College's strategic plan, Building on Strength, seeks to advance the academic program, enrich residential learning, and elevate the experience of all by making the community more equitable and the College more sustainable. Capital projects completed in the last five years include the renovation of the Charles E. Shain Library; the creation of both the Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement and the Hale Center for Career Development; and the revitalization of the College's historic art deco theater, Palmer Auditorium, into the Nancy Athey '72 and Preston Athey Center for Performance and Research. Major renewals of the campus center and the athletics complex, including the College waterfront, are also planned. A capital campaign has raised over $180 million in the first three years of its silent phase to support the plan's goals.

    Excellent outcomes have been a hallmark of the College from its origins. Today, nearly 100 per cent of Connecticut College alumni report being well situated in life less than a year after graduating. Over half go on to complete advanced degrees. Many make a lasting difference in their communities and on the national stage. A significant number of Connecticut College alumni have been named to Forbes “30 under 30” list, recognizing the world's brightest young entrepreneurs, leaders, and stars. And Connecticut College is consistently ranked among the top producers of Fulbright scholars in the country. For more information about the College, visit

    New London, Connecticut:
    Located on the Northeast Corridor equidistant between Boston and New York, New London is a historic port city of 25,000 residents with a progressive culture and a lively arts community. The Providence Journal recently described the city as a “seaside haven with a funky, hipster vibe.” It neighbors many beautiful towns along the Connecticut shoreline, offering access to beaches, farms, and other outdoor activities, as well as to ferries and trains with direct routes to Boston, New York and beyond.

    As a highly 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

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  • Organization

    CONNECTICUT COLLEGE is a highly selective, private, coeducational liberal arts college located in southern New England overlooking Long Island Sound and the Thames River in the historic seaport of New London. Founded in 1911, the College enrolls 1900 men and women from 42 states and 41 countries. The 750-acre campus is an arboretum, and is supported by a staff and faculty of over 800. The southeastern Connecticut area offers a rare combination of affordable living and natural, unspoiled beauty with convenient access to Providence, Boston and New York City.connecticut_college1.jpg

    Connecticut College is known for putting the liberal arts into action through interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. The College offers more than 1000 courses in 30 academic departments and 7 interdisciplinary programs, 55 traditional majors, plus opportunities for self-designed courses of study. Approximately 55 percent of the student body studies abroad at some point during their four years.


    Since its founding in 1911, the College has been sustained by a community of individuals working in a wide variety of academic and non-academic positions to fulfill its mission. Each person's contributions are vital to preserve an environment that supports teaching, encourages learning, and brings a sense of accomplishment to employees and students alike. Our success as a College depends directly on what our employees do. As members of this unique community we take pride in providing excellent service to students, visitors and each other.

    CONNECTICUT COLLEGE is actively engaged in diversifying its staff and faculty. CONNECTICUT COLLEGE is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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