Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Assistant Director
Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is committed to creating an environment in which every member of our community is seen, heard, and valued. Diversity, equity, and inclusion work is essential to that endeavor and is centric to CVM values.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Assistant Director serves as the administrator for the DEI within the Office of Admissions, Student Life, and Inclusivity (ASI). This academic staff member will have primary responsibilities for management and supervision of the DEI staff and activities related to creation of newsletter, social media accounts, website development, CVMDiversity emails, agendas for DEI committee, meetings, and day-to-day oversight of budgets (ESP Endowment, Grants, and DEI budget). The duties include, but are not limited to:
Strategically lead DEI work at CVM
Work with the Leadership Team to execute and expand CVM’s DEI strategic goals (SG) for the near and long term and maintain metrics for DEI SG
In partnership with the associate dean, curriculum chair, and associate deans for academic affairs intentionally examine the curriculum and infuse DEI principles. In addition, review academic policies to align with a congruent cultural competent educational environment and identify areas where antiracist and anti-oppression teaching can be incorporated
Serve on the Admission Team and partner with Leadership Team to recruit students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups
Implement on-going DEI educational programs for current students, faculty, and staff
Work with directors and chairs to expand the DEI on-boarding program for new students, faculty and staff
Facilitate affinity groups and programming for students, faculty, and staff
Work with the Admission Team, Academic Associate Deans, Mentors, and Advisors to design and implement a program that supports students from underrepresented backgrounds transitioning into the veterinary nursing and veterinary medical programs.
Partner with Communications and Marketing to create more inclusive materials for both internal and external audiences
Support leading DEI Committee composed of faculty, staff, and students, which meets monthly
Organize and implement annual retreat of the DEI Committee
Support students, faculty and staff to celebrate monthly recognitions of minoritized groups such as Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, etc. by implementing DEI educational activities for all at the CVM
Primary lead with health colleges for organizing and collaborating with Dr. M. L. King’s yearly celebration at MSU CVM
Report to grant agency (ies) quarterly and act as the lead for reporting to external and internal stakeholders
Enhance, lead, and implement CVM Enrichment Summer program (ESP), which includes marketing of the program, selection of applicants, designing simulated DVM curriculum, and maintaining all activities for ESP in preparation for the program November through June during implementation of the ESP program in June. Keeping track of impact and reporting is a critical component of ESP
Support programming and strategic initiatives for recruitment activities of diverse faculty, students and staff
Collect data on ESP graduates to measure impact and to organize an alumni database to enhance communications with ESP graduates
In collaboration with the MSU DEI Office, DEI Committee, and associate dean, will provide support to develop and to provide culturally responsive training for DEI; and based on knowledge of the DEI literature, actively research new and best practices in the DEI arena
Serve as the office manager for inclusivity - General tasks include, but are not limited to management of office communications, including various newsletter entries and eventually an alumni-wide DEI newsletter; social media accounts; website development; and office agendas for ODI governance committee meetings. In addition, this person provides day-to-day oversight of DEI budgets (e.g. oversee the processing of financial expenditures, monitor and project expenditures)
Coordinate meeting and activities related to DEI for CVM that includes students, faculty, and staff. Activities include, but are not limited to, collecting and documenting bias incidents that are reported to TRUST; assist in directing all parties to appropriate resources and/or proper reporting channels; and help coordinate a campus response to bias incidents
As a representative of DEI, this individual will partner with the community, CVM, student affairs, faculty affairs and human resources to support CVM climate initiatives and recruitment and retention efforts (activities, programming, etc.)
Perform all other related duties/tasks as needed
The Assistant Director will be a leading voice in advancing equity in all aspects of CVM life and will be integral to creating a more inclusive community that fosters a sense of belonging.
The Assistant Director will report directly to the associate dean for admissions, student life, and inclusivity at MSU CVM and will work with all constituencies in the CVM community, including administrators, professors, students, staff, and alumnae. The Assistant Director will implement the DEI goals in CVM’s current strategic plan and work collaboratively to shape future initiatives to expand the CVM’s work in equity and inclusion while focusing on reporting. Areas of emphasis include the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff; examination of the curriculum and co-curricular programs to ensure best practices around DEI initiatives; promotion of a culturally competent CVM culture. In addition, the Assistant Director will have direct supervision for the outreach and retention advisor as well as the business analyst. These team members are funded by a grant from the state of Michigan, King, Chavez, Rosa Parks program (KCP) which partners with MI K-16 students for the purpose of pipeline development into veterinary medicine, which is one of the least diverse health professions. In additional for oversight of the team supported by KCP, the assistant director will have direct responsibility and engagement with the CVM’s DEI Committee.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Bachelors -Higher Education, Business or Related Field
Masters -Higher Education/Multiculural Education
Bachelor's degree commensurate with work in secondary and/or multicultural education with a minimum of three years of directly related experience to include conducting diversity, equity, and inclusion/multicultural education.
Master’s degree preferred from an accredited college or university
Passion for DEI work and a vision for implementation in an educational setting
Sensitivity and diplomacy in working with groups to advance cultural and racial literacy
Ability to work in a fast-paced, often ambiguous environment
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office, MS excel, and other computer software/databases
Ability to exercise sound judgment, tact and discretion in conversation and interaction
Knowledge and expertise regarding best practices in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion arena
Detail-oriented with strong professionalism, organizational, prioritization, presentation, office management and multi-tasking skills
Ability to maintain confidentiality; act independently within scope of responsibilities; and keep appropriate parties informed of status
Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions as well as establish and maintain effective working relationship with other employees, faculty and staff
Extensive working knowledge of the organizational structure of MSU and CVM and the roles and responsibilities associated with the various colleges, schools and support units
Required Application Materials
Resume or CV
Letter of Interest
Listing of References, which includes the name and contact information for three professional references
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Innovation - We support and encourage new ideas, even when those ideas dispel tradition.
Integrity - We promote trustworthy, honest, respectful, reliable, and ethical behavior.
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