Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe University of Kansas seeks a strategic leader and skillful collaborator to serve as Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (VP-DEIB). The VP-DEIB is a member of the senior leadership team under the direction of the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor who works closely with Vice Provosts/Chancellors, Deans, and other campus and community organizations such as KU Faculty Staff Councils ( to set goals that advance community dialogue, education and action in ways that center diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in every aspect of our work. The VP-DEIB leads the campus in fostering an open, inclusive and exceptional learning community that promotes equity and excellence by nurturing the growth and development of each student, faculty and staff member. Working closely with the Provost, the Vice Provost is responsible for developing and communicating clear goals, metrics, benchmarks, plans and strategies to improve DEIB at KU Lawrence-Edwards, in alignment with the Jayhawks Rising strategic plan, and co-chairs the Jayhawks Rising DEIB Objective and strategies.

The VP-DEIB leads and facilitates the achievement of DEIB goals, projects, and professional development initiatives, enhances communications, and promotes collaborative activity across all campus units and organizations. The successful candidate engages and oversees a professional team within the Office of DEIB as well as engages and collaborates with Equity Advisors and other colleagues, committees, and governance organizations to forward DEIB initiatives, programming and communications.

The Jayhawks Rising strategic plan is based on the perspective that diversity of race, ethnicity, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, age, and religion -- as well as diversity of values, interests, experiences, nationality/citizenship, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints -- enriches our learning, our community, and our lives.

The VP-DEIB is a model of “call-in” culture, which challenges all Jayhawks to dismantle historical systems of oppression to address discrimination and other exclusionary practices in all their various forms, fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for each student, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partner who learns, serves and leads at KU.

A successful candidate will be a strong relationship-builder, collaborator, excellent communicator, and advocate for human rights who is adept at navigating a large organization with a wide range of leadership levels, engaged on-campus partners, and community members that have varying perspectives. The successful candidate will work closely with the Provost to articulate the vision, monitor key metrics, communicate goals and expectations, develop and deliver programs, provide resources and services, review progress and give feedback, as well as address issues that impede progress toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at KU.

The VP-DEIB is a comprehensive leadership role for KU Lawrence-Edwards. The VP role leads and aligns efforts across campus, directly involving units that engage faculty, staff, alumni, athletics, and student-facing service units. The position is a 12-month, 1.0 FTE position that reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Provost. This opportunity may include a tenure-line, or a courtesy appointment with release time to teach in an academic unit, based upon candidate credentials and interest.
Job Description90% Strategic Leadership, Alignment and Collaboration, Monitoring and Reporting
A. Strategic Leadership
  • Working with Jayhawks Rising implementation team, co-chair the DEIB Objective in order to plan, implement, and monitor strategies, including:
    • Roll-out of campus-wide framework for DEIB strategic planning with appropriate metrics and benchmarks for success which are aligned with Jayhawks Rising plan.
    • Providing guidance and assistance to deans and vice provosts as they establish DEIB strategic plans based on the campus metrics.
    • Monitor each unit’s DEIB plans annually on key campus metrics in order to gauge progress and improve outcomes.
  • In coordination with Offices of Chancellor and Provost, lead and manage strategic DEIB communications for KU Lawrence-Edwards and its reporting locations (i.e., Juniper Gardens, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, Leavenworth, etc.).
  • Monitor and analyze institutional data in the context of national data related to diversity initiatives and climate. This includes climate studies, demographic data, and policy analyses.
  • Lead the implementation of the framework for a DEIB strategic plan in each unit across Lawrence-Edwards that ensures responsibility, action, campus-wide collaboration, engagement of stakeholders, and aligns with the University strategic objectives to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Meet with members of the Faculty Staff Councils. DEIB Steering Committee, the Provost’s DEIB Advisory Council and others to understand the needs, experiences, and challenges surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace, classroom, and campus community.
  • Convene the Associate/Assistant Vice Provost DEIB leaders in the offices of student affairs, human resources, and faculty affairs and different leadership groups to guide and coordinate initiatives as part of Jayhawks Rising and DEIB objectives and strategies.
  • Act as a catalyst in stimulating important institutional discussions and offer insightful solutions on complex topics that help achieve DEIB objectives and strategies.
  • Provide frequent feedback to the Provost and the Chancellor on current issues emerging in the community and on campus, especially when there is the opportunity to improve culture, make changes in policy or practice, and communicate in a way that will further the goal of making KU a more inclusive and equitable environment.
  • Propose innovative and creative solutions to existing policy or structure that will facilitate persistence and completion for all students, as well as address recruitment and retention of faculty and staff.
B. Administrative Oversight
  • Assume administrative responsibility for the DEIB Office by leading staff who support, collaborate, and communicate with all units on campus to design, implement and monitor diversity strategic plans based on our DEIB framework, and by providing developmental opportunities and feedback as necessary and appropriate.
  • Responsible for the leadership and supervision of the DEIB Office and assigned staff. Hires, manages, evaluates, coaches, addresses performance, and conduct matters, and provides learning and development support.
  • Convene and lead staff in other units with DEIB responsibilities and dotted-line affiliations to align and coordinate initiatives and efforts.
  • Convene Provost’s DEIB Advisory Council and DEIB Steering Committee, a network of Equity Advisors across the University community, to facilitate planning and implementation of the DEIB strategic plan to improve campus climate and key measures of DEIB success, and who report to the Provost’s DEIB Advisory Council once a year.
  • Coordinate with the Provost to develop and oversee operating budget and, as appropriate, build financial resources through fundraising and other external support.
  • Regularly review data and communicate data-informed feedback to the campus community on the effectiveness of DEIB efforts.
  • Exercise discretion and ensure strict adherence to confidentiality pertaining to sensitive matters.
C. Training and Education
  • Assess, grow, and develop professional learning opportunities in areas of DEIB for campus participation.
  • Develop a slate of professional developmental programs to support DEIB, including though not limited to advanced programs for mentoring, intergroup dialogues, nonviolent communication, “calling-in,” and conflict management. Delivery of such programs may be through Human Resource Management (HRM), Faculty Mentoring, Student Affairs, or unit-level programs.
  • Establish a coordination hub for professional development and experiences across campus, helping each group to articulate their efforts with campus efforts, and consulting with providers on evaluation of the effectiveness of these efforts,
D. Collaboration, Empowerment and Implementation
  • Engage and collaborate with key units including but not limited to Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, International Affairs, Academic Success, Graduate Studies, Faculty Affairs, and Human Resource Management to ensure shared vision and consistency of approach to delivery of DEIB programs and services.
  • Facilitate the implementation of DEIB curriculum through the efforts of academic leaders and faculty. Work with academic leaders and faculty to implement such principles into the classroom and related materials.
  • Build partnerships with Equity Advisors on campus to bring clarity and consistency to existing roles as well as to provide necessary resources, support, and training.
  • Facilitate and provide campus expertise that can and should be leveraged to improve DEIB.
  • Develop and maintain active partnerships with the external community and appropriate alumni groups in support of DEIB at KU.
  • Collaborate, engage and partner with the Faculty Staff Councils. Develop other ad hoc advisory groups as necessary. Serve on various committees, councils, and taskforces as appropriate.
  • Meet regularly with University Governance groups (Faculty, Staff, and Student Senate) to inform, advocate and support DEIB efforts.
  • Lead, engage, and develop collaborative engagements across the AVP’s for DEIB to strengthen communities, culture and climate, programming and encourage dialogue addressing needs and spaces for communication, processing, and reflection.
  • Provide outreach, advice, training, guidance and resources to campus leaders, administrators, academic units, and appropriate offices on DEIB practices to assist faculty, staff, and students in creating and maintaining an inclusive campus community.
  • Work with leadership to design and implement strategies to help recruit, support, and advance diversity and equity across the faculty, staff, and student communities.
10% Other duties as assigned by the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
  • Represent KU as appropriate to external organizations with related DEIB initiatives and interests.
  • Attend meetings as requested and addressed other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements
    Authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of hire.
  • Position is designated as in-person to meet, engage and develop relationships with the campus community.
Required Qualifications
    Earned doctorate or terminal degree in the field.
  • Five years of progressively significant leadership experience with generating a positive environment of diversity, equity, inclusiveness and belonging for students, staff, and faculty.
  • Three years of supervision experience.
  • Three years of previous leadership experience in advancing DEIB goals within an institution or company as demonstrated by application materials.
  • Demonstrated understanding of intersectionality and the ways in which multiple identities intersect in efforts to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging across campus.
  • Experience in responding to bias-related incidents when they occur on university campuses and managing communications and related media.
  • Professional work experience in designing strategic plans, curriculum, and resource development, and budgetary oversight articulated around a defined vision.
  • Mastery of foundational theories and that impact diversity issues in a complex organizational setting, such as those articulated in NADOHE and ADA standards.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills as demonstrated through application materials, interview, and references.
  • Experience in gathering and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data for measuring outcomes, reporting and strategic planning activities.

Preferred Qualifications
    Experience at a large, comprehensive research institution as a faculty member or administrator; or work experiences that demonstrate an understanding of and effectiveness at working on DEIB issues within a complex higher-education institutional setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide anticipatory and solution-oriented thinking on broad cultural and societal concerns to effectively lead transformational change.
  • Experience developing and maintaining strategic and collaborative relationships with stakeholders within a university setting and its surrounding community.
  • Demonstrated experience in addressing conflict by modeling processes such as intergroup dialogue, nonviolent communication or calling in the call-out culture.
Additional Candidate InstructionsAll applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Kansas in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by July 31, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Contact Information to ApplicantsNominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Charlene L. Aguilar, Ed.M. and Meredith Davis, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Advertised Salary Rangecommensurate with experience Application Review Begins01-Aug-2022 Anticipated Start Date01-Jan-2023


Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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