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ISU adds new role for diversity and inclusion

Written by on February 17, 2020

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NORMAL, Ill.-In an effort to move diversity initiatives forward on Illinois State University’s campus, a new position has been created.

President Larry Dietz announced Monday, Feb. 17 that Professor Doris Houston has been named the interim assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion.

Houston will officially begin her duties in July 2020.

In this position, Houston will be responsible for collaborating with the unit leaders across campus while providing direction for university initiatives.

She will oversee the systematic review of the Campus Climate Implementation Task Force and work as liaison to the Diversity and Inclusion Council.

“I’m really honored and I don’t underestimate the fact that the position will require a great deal of work, creativity and collaboration,” said Houston.

“There’s no one person that can solve any kind of issues, particularly within an institution, but I really see my role as being someone who joins hands with a number of leaders across campus…and also our community  members,” said Houston.

“It is very important that we partner with our community leaders as they rely on us like we rely on them,” said Houston.

One of the biggest goals of implementing this position is to put more of a focus on the value of diversity and inclusion.

This position will also bring awareness to issues that occur across campus and the surrounding community.

Houston will work closely with Dietz on areas of the strategic plan that include: diversity, inclusion and social justice.

The role will support centers and programs on campus geared toward populations that are underrepresented and connected through affinity groups.

“This position will provide the organizational leadership necessary to ensure that we foster a campus environment characterized by cultural responsiveness and a commitment to social justice,” said Houston.

“I ask that each and every member of the campus community join us in these efforts,” said Houston.