University of Utah Office for Equity and Diversity

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Dr. Octavio Villalpando's Transition

Dear Colleagues,

After more than seven years as the University’s chief diversity officer, I have decided to return to one of my passions as a full-time professor, teaching and conducting research on diversity in higher education. I have deeply appreciated the opportunity to lead the important work of this Office, and have been very fortunate to work with the highly talented and committed students, faculty, and staff in Equity and Diversity.

I transition back to the faculty knowing that we have made important contributions to the University of Utah’s efforts to enhance equity and diversity. I also remain confident that, with your unyielding support and commitment to these efforts, the University will continue its progress toward achieving greater equity and diversity. I encourage you to offer your support to Dr. Kathryn Stockton, Professor of English and former, long-time director of Gender Studies, who will serve in an interim capacity leading the Office for Equity and Diversity after University Commencement.

It has been a pleasure to work with you, and I look forward to continuing to do so as a faculty member. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Octavio Villalpando
Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

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Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to let you know that, following more than seven years as the University's chief diversity officer, Dr. Octavio Villalpando has decided to return to his role as a full-time professor, teaching and conducting research on diversity in higher education. He does so with a remarkable record of accomplishment in strengthening equity and diversity at the University of Utah. Under his leadership, the diversity of our faculty and student body has increased, innovative programs to better support students and faculty have been developed, and partnerships between the community and university have been enhanced. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Villalpando for his many contributions as a leader, and wish him well as he returns to his scholarship and teaching.

As we strive to continue to advance diversity and equity at the University of Utah, Dr. Kathryn Stockton will serve as interim director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, beginning June 1, 2014, pending necessary approvals. Dr. Stockton has an outstanding record of accomplishment as a scholar and leader, and as an advocate for diversity and equity, including service as the director of the Gender Studies program for more than a decade.

We will initiate a national search process for a permanent chief diversity officer in Fall 2014, beginning with opportunities for dialogue on campus on our shared agenda in strengthening diversity and excellence at the University of Utah.

Please join us in thanking Dr. Villalpando for all that has been accomplished, and in partnering with Dr. Stockton in the year ahead.

Sincerely,

David Pershing
President

Ruth Watkins
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


The University of Utah is deeply committed to enhancing the success of diverse faculty, students, and staff, as part of our broader goal to enrich the educational experiences and success of all members of our University community. We recognize that a diverse and inclusive University enriches the educational experiences of all students, and enhances our excellence as a world-class institution for 21st Century learners. The Office for Equity and Diversity is proud to lead the University’s efforts to support the success and achievement of faculty, students, and staff who self-identify as African American, Latina/o or Chicana/o, Asian American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community, and women in underrepresented fields.

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