CMU President George E. Ross established a 16-member equity and inclusion task force, which comprised faculty and staff, students, alumni, and community representatives, in March 2017.
The task force reviewed the findings of the diversity and inclusion report, which resulted from an assessment led by consultants of The Barthwell Group with outreach assistance from a team of liaisons from CMU. Using this and other studies and information from on campus, the task force developed a report in July 2017 of priority recommendations that will strengthen equity and inclusion throughout the university.
The recommendations were presented to the Board of Trustees in September and are being reviewed by the president and his cabinet. The president is launching a
search for a chief diversity officer immediately.
Witt Kieffer, the executive search firm assisting with the search, invites the campus community to an open forum from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. The firm seeks input on the leadership skills, attributes and experiences that candidates should possess, as well as the greatest opportunities and challenges that CMU may face in the next three to five years. More information is available at https://www.cmich.edu/news/article/Pages/Chief-diversity-officer-open-forum-Nov-8.aspx.