Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Brown University Seeks to Create Position to Oversee Diversity

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Brown University Seeks to Create Position to Oversee Diversity

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.

Brown University is seeking to create a senior-level position to promote diversity on campus and help the Ivy League school identify and hire more minority faculty.

The planned director of diversity would be charged with developing policies that help ensure diversity in programs at Brown. The administration is still figuring out a specific job description, but the idea is finding a vocal proponent who can enunciate the concept and spread it to students, faculty and other branches of the school.

"It's a position that ensures the spirit of diversity ... is available broadly, and someone is thinking about diversity, and the role it might play in the university's programs and what goes on on campus," says Brown spokesman Mark Nickel.

The proposal is expected to be considered in early November by the Committee on Minority Affairs of the Corporation of Brown University, the university's governing body. A search could begin as soon as this spring.

President Ruth Simmons is leading the push for the post. Simmons, beginning her second year at the school, established similar positions at Smith College and Princeton University. The director would report to Simmons or to the provost. …

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