Dwight Hamilton, the third of four finalists selected in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s search for a vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion, will deliver a public presentation at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Willa Cather Dining Complex, Red Cloud A.
Hamilton is associate vice president for inclusion and diversity at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago where he develops, implements and evaluates initiatives, programs and services in inclusion and diversity.
Prior to that, he was at Northwestern University as associate vice president for equity, where he combined the university’s office of sexual harassment prevention and office of equal opportunity and access into the office of equity, which addressed all forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.
As vice president of inclusion, diversity and equity at Smith College, Hamilton conducted a campus climate survey, co-chaired a mental health task force and implemented a student program to encourage respectful conversation on controversial issues.
During his time as associate vice president of affirmative action and Title IX officer at Grand Valley State University, he increased the diversity of applicant pools and the hiring rates for faculty and staff of underrepresented populations. He also taught human resources policies and procedures to graduate and undergraduate students of Grand Valley State’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration.
Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Michigan State University and earned his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. Prior to serving in higher education, Hamilton practiced law with a focus on commercial and employment litigation.
All candidates, selected through a national search, participate in multiple-day interviews, including public presentations and receptions. Each public presentation is at 3:30 p.m. in the Willa Cather Dining Complex.
Eloísa Gordon-Mora, dean, School of Social Science and Humanities, and associate professor, Universidad del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico, opened the presentations Oct. 8. Marco Barker, associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, delivered a public presentation Oct. 9.
The final candidate and public presentation is:
Oct. 18 — Lisa Jones, associate provost for strategy, special assistant to the president and professor of educational leadership and higher education, University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Her presentation is in the Willa Cather Dining Complex, Pioneers Suite.
Additional candidate information, including complete bios, is available on the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion search website.
As the campus diversity officer, the vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion provides intellectual, strategic and visionary leadership for the university’s goals surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The vice chancellor collaboratively leads and develops initiatives to position diversity and inclusion as one of Nebraska’s key competitive advantages, to center such work in the mission of the university, and to capitalize on the varied ways diversity, equity, and inclusion can be embedded in the university’s curriculum, infrastructure, policies, and programs in support of a welcoming campus.
The vice chancellor reports to the executive vice chancellor/chief academic officer and serves on the chancellor’s cabinet, reporting progress on annual metrics on diversity and inclusion to the chancellor.