Vice President for Diversity Initiatives & Chief Diversity Officer

Vice President for Diversity Initiatives & Chief Diversity Officer

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), a thriving urban research university with a highly diverse student body, invites nominations and applications for the inaugural role of Vice President for Diversity Initiatives & Chief Diversity Officer (VP & CDO). Reporting directly to President Keith E. Whitfield and serving on his leadership team, the Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer will provide both high-level strategic vision and pragmatic expert counsel with the goal of ensuring that the University is an inclusive community in which all can thrive, regardless of race; culture; ethnicity; religion; gender, gender identity, and gender expression; sexual orientation; immigration status; or ability.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas enrolls more than 25,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate and professional students, and it employs over 4,000 faculty and staff. The University offers 290 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and 100 certificate programs. UNLV is one of the nation’s most diverse universities, with more than 65 percent of its degree-seeking undergraduates identifying as part of a racial or ethnic minority.

The elevation of the former Chief Diversity Officer role to Vice President for Diversity Initiatives is yet another milestone for UNLV which is proud to be an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) since 2012, and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) since 2015. UNLV has a history of being an affirmative and dynamic academic environment for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds and the inaugural VP & CDO will build upon the momentum across campus for the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) through their leadership of the Division of Diversity Initiatives, guidance of the University Diversity Council, and partnership with leaders across the University and in the greater Las Vegas community. 

The new Vice President for Diversity Initiatives & Chief Diversity Officer will be the chief architect of the University’s strategy for ensuring that the campus climate reflects its deepest values of access and equity; excellence and integrity; collaboration and stewardship; and compassion and inclusion.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

R. Thomas Fitch, Managing Director

Alyssa Perez, Senior Associate

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UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.