New group of finalists for UI chief diversity officer post to visit campus

New group of finalists for UI chief diversity officer post to visit campus

URBANA — A second group of finalists for a new chief diversity officer's job at the University of Illinois will visit campus for public presentations this month.

Chancellor Robert Jones announced three of the four finalists in a mass email Thursday and said members of the campus community can offer feedback online until 5 p.m. May 3. They are:

— Sherri Charleston (right), assistant vice provost & affirmative action officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her presentation will be 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 210 of the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U.

— Christopher Jones Jr. (left), assistant vice president and director of equity at Case Western Reserve University. His presentation is 4 p.m. Thursday in Room 404 of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

— Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes (right), vice president for institutional diversity and equity at Williams College in Massachusetts. Her presentation is 4 p.m. April 29 in Room 314A Illini Union.

The fourth candidate's name will be announced later and give a presentation at 4 p.m. May 1 at 404 Illini Union.

All four presentations will be streamed live for the campus audience at A valid campus netid and password are required.

The national search, which started a year ago, identified a previous round of finalists who visited campus for interviews. But none of the four was selected, and the campus extended the search.

Jones had hoped to hire the first vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion early this semester, but the new goal is to make a decision by the end of the semester in May.

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