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Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Loyola Marymount University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jul 18, 2021

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Loyola Marymount University (LMU) seeks a Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to provide visionary leadership and to promote an environment where shared values, respect for others, and engaged dialogue are encouraged.  Located in Los Angeles, LMU benefits from being in a dynamic city that brings into sharp focus the issues of our time and provides an ideal context for study, research, creative work, and active engagement. By intention and philosophy, LMU invites individuals diverse in talents, interests, and cultural backgrounds to enrich its educational community and to advance its mission.

LMU is ranked No. 66 among top national universities by U.S. News and World Report, placing LMU among the top five Jesuit universities in the country and in the top six private universities in California. LMU is committed to fostering a diverse academic community rich in opportunities for intellectual engagement and real-world experience. LMU enrolls an academically ambitious, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse student body. The University recruits, retains and supports a diverse faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and creativity.

LMU offers 60 undergraduate majors and 56 minor programs, along with 49 master’s degree programs, three doctorate programs and 14 credential/authorization programs delivered through seven schools and colleges.  Students hail from 48 states and 93 countries; 60 percent of undergraduates come from California and 10 percent from abroad.  There are more than 6,500 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students.  Since 2012, LMU has created 338 named scholarships, with 199 of those endowed.  LMU contributes $146.8 million in grants and scholarships.  As of January 2021, LMU had an endowment of over $550 million.


The Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VPDEI) is a cabinet-level position reporting to the President. The position participates in the University’s governance structure by providing visionary leadership and placing the University into national prominence as a model for inclusive excellence. The VPDEI leads institutional change and educational effectiveness by cultivating organizational capacity for diversity, equity, inclusion, and equity-mindedness.  This will be accomplished through partnerships with various campus constituents.


LMU is a relationship-oriented environment that encourages direct, in-person interactions and collaboration.  The VPDEI will have a holistic vision of diversity and inclusion, display a willingness to take risks, offer new ideas, and see the big picture across the campus.  The VPDEI encourages and values the contributions of different individuals and groups. 


LMU seeks a thought leader on topics related to diversity and inclusion who is sensitive to the nuances of intercultural concepts and its relationship to religion, spirituality, and social justice. Promoting intercultural awareness is not the singular domain of this position but is the responsibility of everyone on campus. The VPDEI will provide the guidance and awareness that assures LMU is positioned as an environment where shared values, respect for others, and engaged dialogue are encouraged. 


Candidates for this position should possess a terminal degree (preferred) from an accredited institution; a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible leadership experience, preferably in a higher education setting; substantial experience in designing and leading efforts that have promoted access, diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism and education and employment equity, including fluency with the current scholarship in these areas; demonstrated success in articulating a long-term vision and strategic plan to guide the development and implementation of inclusive excellence programs; an ability to animate the mission of the university through inclusive excellence; knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to anti-discrimination; exemplary communication skills; and highly developed organizational and leadership skills.


Diversified Search has been retained to assist Loyola Marymount University in this recruitment. Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications and expressions of interest should be accompanied by a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names of five references.  Materials should be submitted electronically in confidence to  The full position description can be viewed at LMU VP Diversity Equity and Inclusion.


Loyola Marymount University, a Carnegie classified R2 institution in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education, seeks outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society.  LMU is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. We invite all persons in the full diversity of their being, life experiences, and beliefs to apply. Please read more about our commitments and our efforts at

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