July 6, 2016

Foster to serve interim role in diversity, inclusion posts

Charlesette “Charlie” Foster

Charlesette “Charlie” Foster

Charlesette “Charlie” Foster has been named interim director of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center and assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs for diversity and inclusion. She also will serve as the director of the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services.

Juan Franco, vice chancellor for student affairs, said Foster’s appointment began July 5.

As a psychotherapist and counselor in Counseling and Psychological Services for the past 15 years, Foster has supported UNL students and diversity efforts in Student Affairs and campus-wide.

“I am delighted that Charlesette was available to take on this very important role,” Franco said. “This is a critical time for the Gaughan Center as many new staff members have come onboard. Charlie has the experience and knowledge of UNL to allow for a seamless transition. She also has considerable experience working with students of color. I know she will be a great asset — not only helping our students succeed, but encouraging them to flourish.”

Foster succeeds Jake Kirkland Jr., who has retired from UNL.

“In OASIS we have the opportunity to be both a literal oasis for students and a place where students can come feel comfortable and confident about having conversations about diversity,” Foster said. “I was hired in as a diversity hire in CAPS, and that has remained very important to the work that I do. In my new role, I look forward to helping students outreach and perpetuate the social justice message to the campus and community.”