I am pleased to share with you that I have formed the President’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. The formation of this group is based on one of the recommendations from the Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equity. This new committee will be charged with advising me regarding our progress as it relates to recommendations from the task force while also fostering accountability, assessment and encouraging progress.
Recently I thanked the task force privately through a separate message, but I would also like to publicly thank the students, faculty and staff for their service on the Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equity. Many of them served on the task force since its formation in June 2020. I am particularly appreciative of their extraordinary hard work, the giving of their time for such an important undertaking and for the thoughtful recommendations that I hope will continue to improve our campus.
The advisory committee will consist of the members from the following constituencies:
Chair of Senate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
Auburn Black Caucus, two representatives
Black Graduate and Professional Student Association Representative
Black Student Union Representative
Student Government Association Representative
Staff Council Representative
Administrative and Professional Assembly Council Representative
AU Senior Leader, appointed by the President
Division of Student Affairs, Representative
Black Alumni Council Representative
Office of Inclusion and Diversity Representative
As chair of this committee, Interim Provost Vini Nathan is in the process of reaching out to those listed above to request that they select their representative for the advisory committee.
Information concerning the length of committee members’ terms, frequency of meetings and other next steps will be discussed at the committee’s first meeting, which Provost Nathan plans to have in February.
I look forward to the work being undertaken by this new President’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.
Christopher B. Roberts