Update on MTU's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts
The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the hiring of two individuals to support the University’s efforts to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment. Michael Blanco joins Michigan Tech as the director of diversity and inclusion operations after a 28-year stint in Penn State's Multicultural Resource Center and the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity. During this time, his efforts focused on student counseling, grants administration and diversity strategic planning. In his new role, he will support the University-wide development and implementation of the Michigan Tech Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Additionally, Paige Short, currently a project manager for University Marketing and Communications, will join the team as assistant to Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Wayne Gersie.
To further the work of the newly created office, President Rick Koubek recently established the President’s Council Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion. The task force is charged by President Koubek to develop initiatives that support the University’s systemic diversity and inclusion goals in a way that delivers transparent, high-impact action items within a 120-day time frame. In the coming weeks, the Office of the VP for Diversity and Inclusion will launch a website to catalog all the University’s activities and provide resources, programming, and other diversity, equity and inclusion updates. We encourage you to visit the site to sign up for email updates.
Finally, to consolidate the University’s diversity and inclusion efforts, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) will now report to Vice President Gersie. During this transition, he will work closely with various campus stakeholders to reimagine the goals and objectives of the CDI to best serve our students and the broader campus community.