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March 18, 2021

Dear Fellow Loyolans,

I am delighted to share that the search committee for the Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) position has been formed. This committee is comprised of distinguished and proactive individuals in the DEI space from our student body, faculty, and staff who will each bring a unique perspective and background to ensure the candidates we evaluate throughout this process not only meet the list of qualifications but also demonstrate the character of a Loyolan, our Jesuit and Catholic values, and the commitment to DEI both on and off campus.

The members of the advisory committee are:

  • Badia Ahad, Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
  • Jocelyn Arroyo, Undergraduate student
  • Qunfeng Dong, Professor and Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics
  • Tobyn Friar, Director, Financial Aid
  • Seth Green, Founding Director, Baumhart Center
  • John Hardt, Vice Dean of Professional Formation and Associate Professor
  • Tavis Jules, Associate Professor and Chair, Faculty Council
  • Susan Malisch, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Kennedy Mallory, Undergraduate student
  • Tom Neitzke, SJ, Dean, Arrupe College
  • Amy Nelson Christensen, Clinical Assistant Professor and Chair, Anti-Racism Initiative (ARI)
  • Jamie Patrianakos, Graduate student
  • Abigail Silva, Assistant Professor, Faculty Association
  • Shweta Singh, Associate Professor
  • Jessica Simpson, Graduate student 

We look forward to embarking on our comprehensive, national search with Koya Partners and our search committee over the next few weeks and will share more updates as we have them. 

Warm regards,

Malik S. Henfield, PhD
Founding Dean of the Institute for Racial Justice
Chair of the Search Committee for the Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion