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Jenkins founds inclusion board

Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, September 11, 2013


University President Fr. John Jenkins announced the creation of a President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in a letter sent via email to all faculty, staff and students Monday morning.

The email stated that the committee’s purpose is to extend and deepen the diversity and inclusion of the campus community.

“With many colleges and universities across the nation, we believe that a diverse community offers a richer educational environment,” Jenkins said in the email. “What is more, as a Catholic university, Notre Dame is part of one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse organizations in the world today, and we strive to reflect that diversity ever more in our community.”

Jenkins said in the email that the committee was formed to “maintain … focus and facilitate appropriate communication, coordination and accountability” on issues surrounding diversity and inclusion on campus. 

Jenkins will chair the committee. Other members include Laura Carlson, vice president and associate provost and dean of the Graduate School; Ann Firth, chief of staff; Erin Hoffman Harding, vice president for student affairs; Bob McQuade, vice president for human resources; Dan Myers, vice president and associate provost; Hugh Page, vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs and dean of the First Year of Studies; Matt Storin, senior project specialist and Sarah Wake, director of the Office of Institutional Equity.

Committee members will regularly share information with the President’s Leadership Council and the Deans’ Council, according to the letter. They will also periodically update the University’s Academic Council, staff Town Hall meetings and student government leaders.