In another strategic organizational shift, Provost Dan Myers has established an Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion – a move that further underscores his office’s commitment to creating a climate of inclusivity at Marquette. Provost Myers has appointed Dr. William Welburn as the executive director for diversity and inclusion.
Welburn, who has served as associate vice provost for diversity and inclusion since 2011, will in his new role be a member of the University Leadership Council, co-chair the President’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, and chair the Diversity Advisory Committee.
“As we look thoughtfully at the results of the Campus Climate Study and plan strategically for how we address issues of diversity and inclusion at Marquette, it is clear that we need a more visible and empowered office and leader,” Provost Myers said. “Moving Dr. Welburn into a more strategic and influential leadership position helps us ensure that we deliver on the promises made to our campus community.”
Additionally, Welburn will provide ongoing leadership of the Campus Climate Study initiative, co-chair the Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Native American and Other Underrepresented Minority Students, and serve as an ex-officio member of the University Academic Senate Committee on Equity and Diversity.
“Dr. Welburn is exactly the right individual to lead this,” said Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology and co-chair of the President’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion. “I’ve worked with Dr. Welburn on a variety of committees at the university, and I’ve always been impressed with his passion for and knowledge of these important issues.”
de St. Aubin also lauded Provost Myers for his leadership. “It was never a question whether diversity and inclusion have been a part of our mission and values at Marquette,” he said. “But by creating this centralized, standalone office and empowering William to lead, we can be assured things are actually going to happen – that’s very exciting.”
Earlier this academic year, Provost Myers announced a host of other key organizational shifts in the Office of the Provost, as well as important changes regarding the former Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.