System Senior Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
The University of Wisconsin System invites nominations and applications for a visionary and forward-thinking leader to serve as its next Senior Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer (SEDIO). The SEDIO will provide leadership for the forging of a systemwide strategic vision to guide the further development of inclusive, welcoming, and supportive learning and working environments throughout the UW System. In partnership with the Board of Regents, UW System Administration and campus leadership, the SEDIO will play a central role in ensuring that the human and financial resources of the UW System align closely with its stated mission to improve the human condition for all, including those of diverse racial and ethnic identities, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientations, gender identity/expressions, ages, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs or political ideologies.
The work of the System SEDIO will occur at several different levels: within UW System Administration and its various offices; at the institutional level in close collaboration with the appropriate UW university partners; and among critical external stakeholders including organizations representing the needs of underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized groups. The successful candidate must be able to operate effectively at each of these levels serving in the capacities of subject matter expert, key collaborator, and advocate. As subject matter expert, the SEDIO will be expected to provide guidance in core areas such as cultural competency, equity-based policy-making, and organizational change management. The SEDIO will also be expected to provide expertise in the use of data and metrics to gauge progress on fundamental System and institutional equity and diversity goals such as access, retention, completion and employment. As key collaborator, the SEDIO will be expected to build effective relationships across the UW System and the state, establishing synergistic partnerships that result in the sharing and leveraging of existing resources as well as the identification of new ones. As advocate, the SEDIO will encourage the allocation of additional resources that bolster campus equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The SEDIO will also identify impediments to progress at both the System and institutional level and advocate for the appropriate resources to remedy them.
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