founded in 1831, is a diverse,
energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and
practical idealism go hand in hand.
Wesleyan University seeks a visionary, collaborative leader to
serve as its next Vice President for Equity and Inclusion.
Reporting to the president, the vice president will provide
strategic leadership, setting Wesleyan’s E&I agenda and
implementing a university-wide E&I plan that is inclusive of
the multiplicity and inter-relatedness of differences and
appreciates the intersectionality of minoritized identities.
This leader will also create a data-informed culture of
assessment to measure accountability and progress. The selected
candidate will expertly lead the Office for Equity and Inclusion
and partner with other university areas to effectively embed equity
and inclusion across the institution.
The ideal candidate will possess significant E&I
leadership experience and will have a proven track record of
setting and achieving strategic objectives and managing
This candidate will have outstanding interpersonal and
communication skills, acting with partners as a transformational
The vice president will collect and leverage E&I-related
campus data to advance dialogue, initiatives, and actions and
create a clear and comprehensive structure for the work.
This leader will stay abreast of E&I best practices and
partner to provide or recommend relevant training for students,
faculty, and staff and promote a culture of inclusion that helps to
boost retention for all campus stakeholders.
This leader must also bring energy, optimism, and persistence,
identifying and overcoming barriers to success and
Above all, the successful candidate must embody a deep commitment
to various forms of diversity, an appreciation for liberal
education, and support the values and traditions of Wesleyan
THE OFFICE FOR EQUITY &
The Office for Equity & Inclusion provides leadership and
guidance to address systemic inequities for all members of the
Wesleyan community. Wesleyan’s culture of inquiry approach to
enhancing the educational living and learning experience is
designed to promote a healthy, thriving campus climate and a
community of excellence predicated on respect for others.
The office supports:
, which advances broad campus engagement with
complex issues of identity, history, and cultures as they affect
intellectual, creative, and social life.
IX and Title VII Office,
to eliminate discriminatory harassment or sexual misconduct at
Wesleyan. It also investigates complaints or notice related to
discriminatory harassment, sex/gender bias, sexual misconduct and
disability discrimination, and makes sure that we are compliant
with government regulations.
The university’sPathways to
programs, which aim to ensure all
students thrive academically at Wesleyan and beyond through
programs that work to eradicate socio-economic and racial
disparities in higher education.
The incoming vice president will provide comprehensive leadership
to the office’s experienced and dedicated staff in support of these
Reporting directly to President Michael Roth, and as a member
of the president’s Cabinet, the vice president will provide
strategic leadership and wise counsel to Wesleyan’s senior leaders
around equity and inclusion. This leader will assess the campus
climate, facilitate thoughtful conversations, and create mechanisms
for monitoring shared accountability for these efforts.
The vice president will serve as a convenor, identifying
opportunities for key campus and community stakeholders to invest
meaningfully in E&I, remaining visible and accessible across
The vice president will oversee the Office for Equity and
Inclusion, managing and supporting an experienced and dedicated
staff, providing a clear vision for the scope of the office’s
responsibilities, and communicating this vision to the wider campus
This leader will provide oversight of the policies and initiatives
that promote an inclusive and equitable learning and working
environment for students, faculty, and staff.
The vice president will also provide guidance to the Office of
Academic Affairs as it responds to ADA concerns and considers
curricular innovations, partner closely with the Office of Student
Affairs to support programming and student success initiatives,
collaborate with Human Resources to enhance affirmative action,
equal opportunity hiring practices, and partner across the
institution to sustain Wesleyan’s non-discrimination and
To be successful, the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
will need to address the following key leadership
Provide strategic equity and inclusion
The vice president will design, coordinate, lead, and enhance
Wesleyan’s E&I efforts and facilitate the creation and
implementation of the university’s E&I strategic plan. To
ensure success, the vice president must build trust with key
constituents, listening to the needs of the campus community and
identifying priorities that are collectively agreed upon.
The vice president will position the Office for Equity and
Inclusion as a central repository of knowledge, taking into account
the history of E&I work that has been achieved at Wesleyan and
acknowledging the nuances of the work ahead.
This leader will also seek an institutional coordination of
efforts, aligning department-level strategies, streamlining
efforts, and reducing redundancies.
The office will be the driver of change and the vice president will
present clear expectations of shared responsibility for all
community members, divisions, and departments in actively engaging
in E&I initiatives to ensure accountability and
Cultivate a culture of accountability and continuous
The vice president will be committed to continuous
improvement, establishing clear metrics and systems of
accountability. Wesleyan’s E&I efforts are at times
decentralized; the vice president will coordinate these efforts
while promoting regular and rigorous evaluation of equity and
inclusion goals across the campus and using data-driven metrics to
This leader will also be responsible for disseminating data and
reporting about office-level and institutional progress.
Collaborating with the senior leadership team, the vice president
will implement and support initiatives and programming that is
universally accessible in its design and continually develops
intersectional and nuanced E&I competencies amongst Wesleyan’s
administrators, supervisors, administrative teams, faculty, and
Partner across campus to support the recruitment,
development, and retention of a diverse faculty, staff, and
It is essential that the vice president cultivate and sustain
strong, trusting relationships across campus as they serve as a
strategic partner in the advancement of E&I and coordinate
institutional efforts to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse
faculty, staff, and student body.
The vice president will remain informed about best practices in
pipeline and pathway building and retention for all campus
stakeholders and cultivate a culture of belonging for all. This
vice president will position Wesleyan to serve as a national
thought leader, advocate, and exemplar for E&I
Lead and inspire a high-performing, collaborative
The vice president will supervise and support a dedicated and
experienced staff, including the Assistant Vice President for
Equity & Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator; Dean for Academic
Equity, Inclusion and Success; Director, Resource Center; and seven
programmatic and faculty directors. The vice president must be an
inspiring leader who empowers their team and cultivates
opportunities for career development.
This leader will be creative, thoughtful, and engaged – a clear
communicator who can devise and share a clear vision for E&I at
both a department and university-wide level. The vice president
will inspire their team to challenge conventional thinking,
fostering a sense of belonging through a culture of collaboration
and continuous learning.
An advanced degree, terminal or with commensurate
A minimum of 7 years of combined E&I leadership, education, and
training experiences with progressive responsibilities.
A strong record of accomplishment in developing, implementing, and
championing strategic equity and inclusion initiatives and plans,
either in a higher education setting or another complex environment
(e.g., other not-for-profit organizations, corporations, or
Successful record of experience in administrative leadership
working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff,
students, trustees, and other stakeholders to advance equity and
inclusion initiatives within higher education, or similarly complex
Proven executive experience providing visionary strategic
leadership and establishing metrics, measuring progress, and
adapting as needed.
Exemplary supervisory skills, and a track record of successfully
recruiting, training, mentoring, and retaining staff who bring a
variety of backgrounds, skills, and experiences.
Broad and contemporary understanding of equity, and inclusion
scholarship, as well as a working knowledge of related equal
employment opportunity and discrimination issues.
A life-long learner with talent for designing opportunities for
engagement across stakeholders (i.e., across generational and
intersectional identities, etc.).
Crisis management experience, particularly related to E&I, and
the ability to provide intellectual and emotional leadership
bringing communities together during challenging and sometimes
public or high-profile circumstances.
A strengths-based and developmental approach to the work, and
ability to build, cultivate, and sustain trusting collegial
relationships and coalitions that successfully advance and imbed
equity and inclusion within an organization.
Demonstrated and consistent behavior that follows the highest
ethical standards and personal professional integrity.
Experience in a higher education setting.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Isaacson, Miller has been retained to conduct the search for
the Vice President for Equity & Inclusion at Wesleyan
Interested candidates should apply for the position and view the
position description through the Isaacson, Miller link below:
Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.
Daniel Rodas, Partner
Quizayra Gonzalez, Senior Associate
All offers to external applicants are contingent on
the candidate’s completion of apre-employment
background check screening
to the satisfaction of
Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does
not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age,
gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital
status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder,
learning disability or physical disability, political belief,
veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or
non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from
women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries
regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination
policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and
Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University
complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime
statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s
Clery Act Report are available on request and online at