Update on Search for VP of Diversity and Inclusion

Kellie Raffaelli, Assistant Dean of Students, Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

In order to find the best candidate for the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan Tech contracted with an external consulting firm in early September. Unfortunately, last Wednesday, we were made aware of a report of an offensive conversation between the consultant and a potential candidate that we feel is in direct contrast with our values and goals as a University. We immediately ended our relationship with the firm and will complete the search independently from this point forward, including the review of candidates and on campus interviews.

Upon reflection, the search committee will make a formal recommendation to the President that the Executive Director of Institutional Equity serves on all executive-level searches in the future, including this search. The committee will also recommend that all external search firms are vetted by the Institutional Equity office in collaboration with Human Resources to ensure equitable and inclusive practices. Michigan Tech is committed to hiring the right candidate for the position and we are confident that this search will be successful. The timeline for hiring remains the same, with the goal of conducting phone interviews by the end of January 2020.

Shared in Tech Today, on December 18, 2019.

Search Committee:

  • Kellie Raffaelli (Chair)
  • Anne Beffel (VPA)
  • Carlos Amador (Humanities)
  • Theresa Coleman-Kaiser (Administration)
  • Beth Lunde-Stockero (IE)
  • Andrew Storer (CFRES)
  • Anna Brown (EE student)
  • Wesley McGowen (Data Science graduate student)

Any questions can be directed to Kellie Raffaelli.

Diversity is the differences each of us brings through our backgrounds—including race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, socioeconomic class, marital status, disability, and veteran status.

Equity and inclusion helps overcome obstacles to access active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in our communities (e.g., intellectual, social, cultural), increasing awareness and knowledge of the complex ways people interact.

The desire to seek knowledge and understanding unites us. Respectful exchanges of our perspectives, experiences, and ideas broaden learning, interactions, and worldviews.

Michigan Technological University is located within Ojibwa (Chippewa) homelands and ceded-territory established by the Treaty of 1842, the territory of Native American nations in Gakiiwe'onaning (Keweenaw Bay), Gete-gitgaaning (Lac Vieux Desert), Mashkii-ziibing (Bad River), Odaawaa-zaaga'iganing (Lac Courte Oreilles), Waaswaaganing (Lac Du Flambeau), Miskwaabikong (Red Cliff), Wezaawaagami-ziibiing (St. Croix), and Zaka'aaganing (Sokaogon Mole Lake).

Michigan Tech's Diversity Statement can be found here.

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Michigan Tech strives to build diversity, equity, and inclusion. We challenge our community to see differences as strengths. We improve campus culture to develop a diverse community that ensures equal access, opportunity, participation, and representation.

Working together we are stronger.

Together, we create and sustain an inclusive and respectful atmosphere, working toward a sustainable, just, and prosperous world.

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