SRU invites campus to meet CDO candidates at open sessions


Smith Student Center

Slippery Rock University’s Smith Student Center Theater will be the site of open sessions where members of the SRU community can meet candidates for the position of chief diversity officer.

Sept. 14, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Members of the Slippery Rock University community are invited to meet candidates for the University's open position of chief diversity officer by attending open sessions, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Sept. 16, Sept. 21, Sept. 28 and Sept. 30, on the third floor of the Smith Student Center. Each of the four candidates who were invited to campus for interviews will present for 30 minutes before answering questions from the audience.

"We are excited to welcome four high quality candidates to campus," said Dennis Washington, vice president for University advancement, who is chairing the search committee. "This is a vital role for our University so it is important that we have faculty, staff and students participate. We encourage everyone to attend because we need their input."

SRU announced its search for a CDO earlier this year. The CDO will work collaboratively with campus and external communities to advance SRU's commitment to all aspects of global diversity and inclusion and serve as a member of the President's Cabinet.

In addition to meeting with the 18-member search committee, candidates will meet with SRU President William Behre, members of the President's Cabinet, leaders of selected student organizations, leaders of employee unions at SRU, chairs of the President's Commissions, and other campus representatives.

The following is the schedule for open sessions, which includes links to candidates' application materials and response forms to be completed by open session attendees to provide input for the search commitee:

  • 3:30 p.m., Sept. 16, Room 321, SSC - Anthony Jones, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, Thiel College. 
  • 3:30 p.m., Sept. 21, SSC Theater - Corinne Gibson, director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Office of the Chancellor, Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. 
  • 3:30 p.m., Sept. 28, SSC Theater - Crystal McCormick Ware, director of diversity and inclusion initiatives, University of Pittsburgh Library System. 
  • 3:30 p.m., Sept. 30, Room 321, SSC - Mariane Asad Doyle, director of equity services, human resources and adult education, Title IX coordinator, and UCP officer at William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, California; lecturer of educational leadership and policy studies at California State University, Northridge. 

More information about employment, diversity and social justice at SRU are available on the University's website.

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