In the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP), we have a multifaceted diversity, equity, and inclusion (D&I) framework to steer, implement, and continually evaluate AAP's D&I initiatives. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion focuses on the retention and success of a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body.
Reporting to the Director of Student Services and the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for student success plays an integral leadership and partnership role advancing the college's diversity and inclusion objectives with a focus on student success. The Director serves as one of the college's Belonging at Cornell leads, is a representative to the AAP D&I Council, and chairs the staff D&I committee. Through these roles, the Director leads, manages, and/or implements strategic diversity efforts that align with the college's and university's mission and goals and works to raise awareness for the entire college about multicultural and social justice issues.
As a member of the Student Services team and in collaboration with AAP Admissions, the Director supports the recruitment, retention, success and wellbeing of undergraduate and graduate students of color, first generation students, and students from other historically underrepresented backgrounds. They will provide support and advocate for students through programming, services, and advising. They will serve as liaison and a referral resource between AAP students and programs and offices within AAP and across the university related to diversity and inclusion, success and wellbeing. Additionally, as a member of the Student Services staff, the Director assists as necessary with general student concerns and advising.
The Director will evaluate, assess, and benchmark existing programs, research and propose new diversity retention and student success initiatives, and build effective collaborations and partnerships that encompass the broad spectrum of AAP constituents. They will partner with Alumni Affairs and Development to improve engagement with diverse alumni and support fundraising for diversity and inclusion initiatives; the AAP Connect function on career preparation and support for students attending national diversity conferences; Student Services to effectively support students from historically underrepresented backgrounds and serve as advisor to diverse student groups (e.g., NOMAS); Communications to promote AAP's diversity and inclusion efforts to internal and external audiences; and the departments on educational programming and pipeline programs. The position will also be responsible for the management and oversight of the AAP Pre-freshman Summer Program (PSP) which supports approximately 10-15 students each summer as they transition from high school to the college learning and living environment.
Bachelor's degree and three to five years of experience in higher education in the areas of program development, recruitment, advising or student services (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
Direct experience working with historically underrepresented students on issues related to recruitment, retention, and empowerment.
Demonstrated experience developing and delivering diversity and inclusion programming and support services related to student success and well-being.
Experience measuring program success
Strong leadership skills, team orientation and ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff essential.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills.
Ability to handle sensitive information and communicate with tact and diplomacy to a wide range of internal and external constituents.
Experience facilitating diversity trainings and workshop presentations.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience working effectively within a multicultural community as a leader, advisor, mentor and advocate.
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Student Svc Assoc III
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