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Search for the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion

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Dr. Eloísa Gordon-Mora

Eloisa Gordon-Mora

Dean of School of Social Science and Humanities, Universidad del Este (Carolina, Puerto Rico)

Campus Visit Dates

October 8-9

Public Presentation and Reception

Oct. 8 at 3:30-5:00 p.m.,
Willa Cather Dining Complex,
Red Cloud B/C

Gordon-Mora Evaluation Form

For the past decade, Dr. Eloísa Gordon-Mora has been Dean of the School of Social Science, Humanities and Communications of Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez/Ana G. Méndez University System in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where, among other things, she initiated the School’s first graduate programs and introduced and co-directed the internationally recognized digital publication, Revista Cruce, an interdisciplinary journal of “contemporary social-criticism.”

Before this, she was Vice President of Government Affairs at Safe Horizon, New York City, in charge of designing and executing the advocacy agenda of this nationally-recognized agency, New York State’s largest victim assistance non-profit organization. She was also the first Executive Director of the Daphne Foundation, a philanthropic organization of Abigail Disney and her family that supports community-based organizations in neighborhoods impacted by poverty, violence and discrimination. Likewise in New York City, she was the Executive Director of El Barrio Popular Education Program, an academically-recognized, adult-education program for low-income Latinas and an action-research project of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, at Hunter College, where she was a post-doctoral fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Dr. Gordon’s active research interests include democratic theory, higher education, diversity and inclusion, social violence and marginality, post-colonial/post-structuralist analysis and Gramscian theory. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rockhurst University and a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Notre Dame. Her Ph.D. in Political Science is also from the University of Notre Dame.

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Dr. Marco Barker

Marco Barker

Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Westminster College (Salt Lake City, UT)

Campus Visit Dates

October 9-10

Public Presentation and Reception

Oct. 9 at 3:30-5:00 p.m.,
Willa Cather Dining Complex,
Red Cloud A

Barker Evaluation Form

Dr. Marco Barker currently serves as the inaugural Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Westminster College. In this role, he serves as the College’s chief diversity officer and is responsible for providing leadership for campus initiatives focused on strengthening diversity and inclusion programming and capacity for change, coordinating inclusive excellence efforts, building community relations with affinity groups and agencies, and leading diversity strategic planning. Since arriving at Westminster, he has been responsible developing the new Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and creating a diversity infrastructure for one of Utah’s most diverse institutions of higher education.

Prior to Westminster, Barker served as Senior Director for Education, Operations, and Initiatives for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, he oversaw the unit’s administrative operations, professional development, communications, fundraising, and strategic planning. He provided leadership for staff, faculty fellows, and student staff responsible for faculty and staff engagement and development, signature programs, awards, and celebrations, Carolina Millennial Scholars (minority male engagement), and Carolina Latinx Collaborative programs.

His research, publications, and presentations address cross-race mentoring and advising relationships, doctoral education, diversity, and leadership in higher education and often utilizes critical race theory and double consciousness as frameworks. His most recent co-edited book project explores African American perspectives on doctoral education and is anticipated to be in press by next year.

Barker currently serves on the State of Utah MLK Human Rights Commission, KeyBank Utah Advisory Board, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce HIVE, NCORE National Advisory Council, University of Arkansas’ Black Alumni Society, and University of Arkansas Libraries' Campaign Committee. He is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and holds memberships with the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, Association for the Study of Higher Education, and Society of Human Resource Management. He is a 2016 Goodmon Leadership Fellow, 2018 graduate of Leadership Utah, and has been recognized as a Utah Business Forty Under 40.

Hailing form a rural Arkansas town in the Mississippi Delta, Barker earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR; MBA from Webster University, Little Rock, AR campus; and doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA. He is also a certified Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory.

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Dwight Hamilton, J.D.

Dwight Hamilton, J.D.

Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science (Chicago, IL)

Campus Visit Dates

October 11-12

Public Presentation and Reception

Oct. 11 at 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Willa Cather Dining Complex,
Red Cloud A

Hamilton Evaluation Form

Currently Mr. Hamilton is Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science where he develops, implements, and evaluates initiatives, programs, and services in inclusion and diversity. Prior to that, he was at Northwestern University as Associate Vice President for Equity, where he combined the University’s Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention with its Office of Equal Opportunity and Access into the Office of Equity. This Office addressed all forms of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.

He began his work in higher education as the Associate Vice President of Affirmative Action and Title IX Officer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. In that role, he successfully recruited faculty and staff, increasing both the diversity of applicant pools and the hiring rates for underrepresented populations, including individuals with disabilities and veterans. He also led and trained a group of faculty and staff that served as inclusion advocates and ensured that GVSU applied inclusive recruitment and selection practices. Hamilton worked extensively to prevent, address, and investigate instances of discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence.

Alongside his administrative roles at GVSU, Hamilton taught courses on human resources policies and procedures for GVSU’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration to graduate and undergraduate students.

Hamilton joined Smith College as its inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and was later promoted to serve as Smith’s Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. In that position, he built Smith’s Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, conducted a comprehensive Campus Climate Survey, co-chaired the Mental Health Task Force, and implemented “Dialoguing Differences,” a student-led series of programming to encourage respectful conversation on controversial issues.

Prior to serving in higher education, Hamilton practiced law in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a focus on commercial and employment litigation and was a Corporate Counsel for Steelcase, Inc. In addition to practicing law, Hamilton was active in the Grand Rapids community, where he has served as President of the United Methodist Community House, chaired the Multi-Racial Association of Professionals, and served on the Board of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hamilton graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in criminal justice and received a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. He has been a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Association of Title IX Administrators, and the American Bar Association.

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Dr. Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones

Associate Provost for Strategy and Special Assistant to the President, University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)

Campus Visit Dates

October 18-19

Public Presentation and Reception

Oct. 18 at 3:30-5:00 p.m.,
Willa Cather Dining Complex,
Pioneers Suite

Jones Evaluation Form

Dr. Lisa Guion Jones currently serves as Associate Provost for Strategy and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Central Florida. In this role, she works closely with UCF’s senior leadership, faculty, staff, and students to facilitate the institutionalization and execution of the new Collective Impact Strategic Plan. She created the framework, processes, and templates, and then led five teams with over 130 faculty and staff in developing UCF’s Collective Impact Five-Year Institutionalization Plan. This is the first tactical action plan in the university’s history. She also leads university-wide efforts to improve knowledge sharing, collaboration, and co-ownership of priority metrics from the strategic plan. She works closely with leaders at all levels to align systems, structures, processes, and procedures in support of Collective Impact. The international Society for College and University Planning has highlighted UCF for raising the bar for integrated strategic planning and implementation. She has made invited presentations at SCUP’s international conference for the past two years. She is also a tenured Professor in the College of Community Innovation and Education at UCF.

She has more than 24 years of experience in higher education. She successfully rose up through the professorial ranks to earn tenure and promotion at two Carnegie Research I flagship land-grant institutions. While serving at the department level, she taught graduate and undergraduate core courses, chaired graduate student committees, advised student clubs, and served on courses and curriculum, tenure and promotion, and other key committees. She coordinated international study tours for students, led undergraduate research projects, and mentored student scholars. She has secured nearly $7 million in external funding, including over $1.25 million for K-12 pipeline programs and scholarships for low-income and minority students. She is effective in fundraising, donor relationship building, and gift stewardship. She also authored over 80 refereed and peer-reviewed publications, wrote two book chapters, and received numerous awards, including Epsilon Sigma Phi’s Visionary Leadership Award, the national Mary W. Wells Memorial Diversity Award, and induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

Dr. Jones also has received national recognition for leading transformative change in previous roles. As Associate Director of Academic Programs and Assistant Dean for Diversity in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, she led the development and execution of the college’s first strategic plan for diversity. Working collaboratively with college leadership, faculty and staff, the college achieved several measurable outcomes and impacts under her leadership. This includes collaborating with department chairs and faculty to attract exceptional talent to the college that increased faculty and postdoctoral scholar diversity, and to implement innovative programs that increased minority graduate and undergraduate student populations. She also led efforts to promote academic enrichment, increase high-impact experiences, and implement other evidence-based student retention practices. An example is revamping the course curriculum for a college-wide freshman course targeting at-risk students. An independent longitudinal study revealed that students in the course had higher GPAs and retention rates than similar students who did not take the course. These and other strategic efforts she led resulted in NC State being ranked 9th in the nation for graduating minority undergraduate students in agricultural disciplines in 2014 from consistently being ranked around 21st years prior. In fact, she is a national thought leader on issues of diversity and inclusion. She is highly sought to provide commentary, consultancy, and make national presentations on her data-driven, action-oriented, impact-focused, and comprehensive approaches to creating institutional change that enhances diversity and inclusion.

She is a UC Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy Fellow (2018), ACE Fellow (2015-16), Food Systems Leadership Fellow (2009-11), Harvard Management and Leadership in Education program graduate (2016), and a Cornell University Certified Diversity Professional Advanced Practitioner.

She earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and a Doctor of Education degree all from NC State while working a professional job with NC Extension. She continues her community engagement, including serving on UNCF Orlando’s Leadership Council.

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