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Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs for Equity and Inclusion and Director of MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center

The Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs for Equity and Inclusion and Director of MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center collaborates with student life and other university partners to develop and provide programs and services, open to all, aimed at enhancing the academic, social, emotional, and overall success of multicultural students, first-generation students, as well as the entire student body. In addition, the AVPSA-E&I serves as a university advocate championing diversity as a critical component of social, academic, and intellectual life on campus and promoting a university culture of inclusion where students from all racial and ethnic identities, age, nationality, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental ability are able to thrive and be engaged. A key responsibility for this position is to cultivate a strategic vision for the MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center and FIRST2GO, and to lead the implementation of strategies to achieve that vision in partnership with campus constituencies. The AVPSA-E&I reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs, advises university leadership on student issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and serves as the institution’s Chief Diversity Officer.



Serve as a visible and highly interactive leader when working with each campus community to establish trust amongst stakeholders and implement best practices across the University.

Lead and coordinate efforts to recruit, develop, and retain diverse students, faculty, and staff and to create a more welcoming and respectful campus community that embraces diversity and inclusion as a dimension of institutional excellence.

Ensure that trust is established between the Office and key stakeholders and avenues of communication remain open, honest, and promote the creation of formal and informal partnerships.

Serve as the key point of contact and resource for coordinated response to issues that may arise within the community and/or University as appropriate and proactively working to address potential issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Identifying, developing, fostering, and maintaining active partnerships with internal campus community groups, alumni affinity groups, various community, civic, and professional organizations to develop and promote diversity and inclusion through existing and new educational programs, services, trainings, communications and campus community events.

Work with underrepresented and affected student populations in higher education, including African American, Hispanic, international, veteran, first-generation, low socioeconomic, and LGBTQIA+.

Recommend policy and operational change; align objectives, strategic plans and institutional reform efforts with the mission of the University and embed equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging goals.

Advance diversity, equity and inclusion through successful strategies and initiatives and the use of data and research to inform strategic analysis, assessment and measurement of effective diversity and inclusion programs.

Formulate and assess immediate and long-range plans for the FIRST2GO and MOSAIC departments. Implement attractive marketing campaigns for equity, inclusion, and multicultural affairs, and oversee the publication and distribution of promotional materials using printed and digital media.

Utilize existing retention platforms to identify and assist underrepresented and at risk students in need of support or intervention.

Lead the development of work plans, budgets and proposals for departmental projects and initiatives, managing project timelines, tasks and deliverables; manage departmental policy and personnel.

Convene first-generation and DEI advisory committees to guide departmental decisions and identify needed resources, activities or opportunities for FIRST2GO, MOSAIC or other campus departments.

Supervise professional and student staff, along with volunteers and student leaders.

Advance philosophies of student affairs and student retention while actively promoting diversity in staffing, programming, and student leadership. Assist in the total development of the Division of Student Affairs through participation in university, division, and departmental committees. Participate in NASPA, particularly in FGEN focused activities. Provide consultation to the campus on FGEN issues. Cooperate in the support of campus events sponsored by other student services departments, and serve on University committees, as assigned. Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Condition

Five years of experience in higher education or a related field. The ideal candidate will possess direct and sustained experience with leadership development training, program planning, promotion, facilitation and assessment, and developing and applying university policies. Demonstrated skill in working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, advising student organizations, implementing educational programs, and coordinating campus activities.

At least three years of professional experience working in a college or university multicultural programs, with at least one year of supervisory experience. Experience working with diverse populations is desired.


Knowledge of student development theory, identity development, strategic planning, social media use, Title IX, VAWA, Clery, and federal legislation impacting campus climate. Skill in decision making and proficiency in both oral and written interpersonal communication is desired. Ability to work in a team environment while maintaining positive professional relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents, and the local community.


Master's degree in related field required; earned doctorate preferred.

Additional Requirements

Requires the ability to work well with diverse populations and maintain positive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the community. Must have exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively communicate, both written and oral, with various audiences. Must understand technology as related to communicating with students. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act. *This position is designated as security sensitive (mod) and requires a criminal background check. *Designated as a Responsible Employee as outlined by Title IX.

Last Updated 07-22-2020