Cheryl Nuñez joined Xavier in May as vice provost for diversity. Among her plans are to implement community engagement efforts, and to focus on faculty and staff hiring, development activities, curriculum transformation and co-curricular programming. She also plans to nurture students’ academic and social development, and policy revisions and assessment methods that continually measure progress.
Tell us about your new role at the University. I will provide leadership for the implementation of the strategic diversity plan, working closely with students, faculty, staff, administrators and the community to ensure that the process is inclusive and reflective of the interests of all campus constituencies. Attracting and supporting diverse students and empowering them to assert their voices requires pervasive changes to the institutional fabric. I plan to spend a great deal of time listening to [students] and helping them to gain a sense of their empowerment to shape their own educational outcomes.
How do you think this will impact campus? I hope the campus will come to see diversity not as an outcome, but rather as the context in which all desirable educational outcomes are to be achieved.
What are you looking forward to most? I’m looking forward to getting to know members of the campus community, many of whom have already reached out to welcome me and extend their support. And, there’s the two-and-a-half minute commute to work.
University of Cincinnati, Master of Education in Educational Foundations, 2003
Harvard University, A.B. in English and American Literature and Language, 1981