Rider University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the inaugural position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).
Rider University is a vibrant, student-centered community of learners and scholars regionally recognized as a top-tier institution. With a beautiful suburban campus located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (conveniently between New York City and Philadelphia), Rider is an independent, residential university with undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional students from around the country and around the world. Rider’s total student body now consists of about 40% of students who are underrepresented. This is in addition to the representation of other diverse identities, including 27% first-generation, 35% low-income, 16% with disabilities, a diverse representation of religious affiliations and a significant presence of students who identify as LGBTQ+, among other identities.
This new senior University officer will have the opportunity to inform priorities and directions at a time when the University is moving forward ambitiously and supported by a President and campus community deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Reporting directly to President Gregory Dell'Omo, this leader will serve as a key strategic advisor to the president and as a vital member of the University Cabinet.
Rider University Inclusive Excellence Plan
Among other exciting campus efforts aligned with the Strategic Plan, Our Path Forward, Rider launched the with full campus leadership endorsement in the fall of 2019, underscoring Rider's values of diversity, equity and inclusion and outlining comprehensive strategic commitments to advance Rider as an inclusive community. The Plan is a product of the year-long work of the President's Council on Inclusion, a group of committed faculty, staff and students who facilitated a comprehensive process engaging more than 100 faculty, staff, student, and alumni members of the University community.
For more information on the campus, please visit Rider University online at www.rider.edu and https://www.rider.edu/student-life/diversity-inclusion/inclusive-excellence.
The successful candidate will:
hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D, or other terminal degree.
have a minimum of 4 to 6 years of successful and increasingly responsible senior-level administrative experience in a role related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
About Rider University:
The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.
Rider University has been included as one of the nation's best universities by US News & World Report and remained in the top tier in the Regional Universities – North category. Additionally, The Princeton Review named Rider among its
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About Rider University
"As a learner-centered University dedicated to the education of the whole student, Rider provides students the intellectual resources and breadth of student life opportunities of a comprehensive university with the personal attention and close student-faculty interactions of a liberal arts college.Through a commitment to high quality teaching, scholarship and experiential opportunities, faculty on both campuses provide undergraduate and graduate students rigorous and relevant programs of study to expand their intellectual, cultural and personal horizons and develop their leadership skills. Our highly regarded programs in the arts, social sciences, sciences, music, business and education challenge students to become active learners who can acquire, interpret, communicate and apply knowledge within and across disciplines to foster the integrative thinking required in a complex and rapidly changing world."