Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director Office of Equity Search

Western Washington University is commencing a search for the new position of Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of the Office of Equity (CDO/ED). The CDO/ED will oversee the newly created Office of Equity, which brings together two complementary functions, a compliance function and a community education and development function. The CDO/ED will provide broad oversight to the policies and initiatives to promote a learning and work environment where accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) are valued and integrated in institutional planning and operations.

The CDO/ED reports directly to the President of the University. A member of the President’s Cabinet, the CDO/ED will work in close collaboration with other leaders and partners to develop and implement an action plan that leverages current efforts, sets stretch goals and targets, measures progress and evaluates impact, and establishes an accountability framework that makes ADEI a shared responsibility.

The CDO/ED will serve as partner, providing counsel to executive and academic leadership and support to committees and groups engaged in advancing ADEI work. The CDO/ED will serve as the University’s voice on ADEI matters, bringing together broad-based coalitions and alliances to enrich efforts across the university, including dissemination of best practices. The CDO/ED will also serve as an ambassador and partner with the external community, including Washington’s State’s Office of Equity.

Provost Brent Carbajal will chair the search committee, which has been established to lead the search process. The committee will be assisted in its work by consultants from the executive search firm Spelman Johnson.

Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director, Office of Equity Search Committee

Brent Carbajal - Chair / Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Emily Borda - Professor, Chemistry Department / Director, SMATE

Naira Gonzalez Aranda - Student, Associated Students Representative

Janis Velasquez Farmer - Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Bellingham Public Schools

Keith Kelley - Manager, Professional and Continuing Education and Special Projects

Jasmine Fast - Student, Associated Students Representative

Litav Langley - LGBTQ+ Director

Edward Torres-Ochoa - Resident Director, Beta-Gamma-Kappa, Alma Clark Glass Hall

Peter Pihos - Assistant Professor, History Department, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Joanna Reynoso - Program Manager, Woodring College of Education

Lysa Rivera - Associate Professor, English Department / Director of Graduate Studies

Caskey Russell - Dean, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Shevell Thibou - Director of Teaching and Learning for Western Libraries, Instructor for Adult Higher Education

Lawton Tufts - JD / Civil Rights / Title IX Investigator

Rayne Rambo - Search Coordinator / Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees