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CMU's new AVP for Institutional Diversity named

Carolyn Dunn will lead CMU's Office of Institutional Diversity next fall.

Contact: CMU News


Carolyn Dunn, managing director of the Ethnic Resource Centers and director of the American Indian Resource Center at the University of California - Santa Cruz, will lead Central Michigan University’s Office of Institutional Diversity next fall.

CMU’s Executive Vice President/Provost Michael Gealt announced today that Dunn’s appointment as associate vice president of institutional diversity becomes effective in August.

In addition to her managerial experience, Dunn has an extensive background with Project Upward Bound and has lectured on topics related to Native American studies and ethnic and women’s studies. Poetry, literature and creative writing are other areas of expertise.

“We look forward to Dr. Dunn’s leadership in upholding and advancing CMU’s core values, which include inclusiveness and cultural development,” Gealt said. “CMU has experienced a 47.5 percent increase in international students and a 39.1 percent increase in minority populations during the last five years.

“Dr. Dunn will help us maximize these increases to give us a greater view of the world and greater insights from which to create solutions.”

Dunn earned her doctoral degree in American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in American Indian Studies at the University of California – Los Angeles and her bachelor’s in speech communication at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.

“I’m excited by CMU’s commitment to maintain and enhance a welcoming and inclusive environment both in the university and Mount Pleasant communities,” Dunn said. “My objective is to enable everyone to recognize our differences and to live harmoniously in an environment of inclusiveness and respect.”

Dunn replaces Denise Green who accepted the post of assistant vice president/vice provost, equity, diversity and inclusion at Ryerson University in Toronto. Traci Guinn, executive director of CMU’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity, has been serving as the interim associate vice president for institutional diversity.

Dunn’s annual salary will be $125,000.

The associate vice president for institutional diversity is responsible for providing leadership to plan and implement diversity efforts. This includes initiating and championing diversity efforts related to curricular and co-curricular programs; providing leadership and education to promote a climate conducive to the expansion of diversity; preparing and submitting grants to support diversity efforts; creating mechanisms to encourage input, participation and support of directly affected groups; and providing leadership for a variety of offices tasked with institutional diversity initiatives.


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