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Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion

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Categories: Staff
Department: Multicultural Center

Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion

The Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion will advise and mentor students and collaborate with other members of the Davidson College community to promote the institution’s goals of diversity and inclusion, which are guided by the college’s Diversity Statement:

Davidson College's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is grounded in the college's Statement of Purpose and extends to the entire Davidson community. The college seeks to foster mutual respect and understanding among and for all people of different cultures, ethnicities, races, colors, religions, sexual orientations, genders, ages, national origins, socio-economic backgrounds, and disabilities. We strive to enrich our community by attracting, supporting, and retaining students, faculty, and staff from a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives who bring a variety of talents, passions, and world views.

The Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion will work with and advocate for students from historically underrepresented and underserved groups, first-generation students, international students, LGBTQIA students, and undocumented students.  The Assistant Dean will be invigorated by student engagement and bring passion in helping to create inclusive communities.  The Assistant Dean will be a visible and accessible campus leader whose priorities are: establishing and maintaining relationships with students and student groups that include organizations related to students’ cultural, ethnic and social justice backgrounds as well as National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, which are advised through student activities; cultivating connections with faculty and academic affairs to help students thrive academically and holistically; encouraging and facilitating dialogue between students and between student groups; creating an open and welcoming environment at the Multicultural Center; working with the International Student Advisor; and demonstrating an openness to learning about and developing an appreciation for Davidson’s history, campus culture, and aspirations.

This work will occur in a dynamic institutional context.  For example, starting with the class of 2021, each Davidson student must take one course that satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community (JEC) requirement. Courses that fulfill the JEC requirement address manifestations of justice and equality in various communities, locales, nations or regions, and focus on methods and theories used to analyze, spotlight, or remedy instances of injustice and inequality. Through these courses, faculty members guide students as they examine how justice and equality have been distributed, enacted, problematized and idealized in historical or contemporary settings. Davidson College has also recently joined the Universities Studying Slavery consortium and announced the creation of a campus Commission on Slavery & Race, which will examine the college’s relationship to the institution of slavery. 

The Division of Student Life has sponsored a small intergroup dialogue on race.  This is an opportunity for direct involvement and leadership for the new Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion.  Additionally, the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion will serve as the staff point person for the Student Initiative for Academic Diversity (SIAD), a group of student volunteers trained to conduct interviews with tenure-track candidates and senior administrators to understand candidates' experiences and preparedness to teach, advise, support, and serve a diverse student body. 

The Assistant Dean should be knowledgeable of emerging trends and current events that affect students and impact higher education diversity and inclusion initiatives.  The Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion is a full-time, 40-hours per week, 12 months per year, salaried position that reports to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students.


  • Promote the holistic well-being, resilience, and success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including new majority students; first generation students; international students; LGBTQIA students; and undocumented students.  Help enrich programs and services that encourage students’ personal and social well-being and academic engagement.
  • Supervise the International Student Advisor.
  • Mentor and advise individual students, student leaders, and student groups. Help students and student groups self-advocate and effectively navigate institutional processes to positively influence campus life; facilitate opportunities for students to collaborate and develop strategies for successful institutional change.
  • Partner with the Associate Dean of Students on S.T.R.I.D.E. (Students Together Reaching Individual Development and Education), a comprehensive bridge program for first-year students of color.  Participate in/help lead S.T.R.I.D.E. programming that occurs throughout the academic year.
  • Serve as needed as an advisor or sponsor to First Scholars and other leadership/success cohorts.
  • Build and nurture strong relationships with academic and administrative departments and with faculty and staff colleagues to enhance the availability of resources that support students' academic, personal and holistic development and resilience.  Similarly, foster connections with alumni to build upon existing networking and programming traditions.
  • Collaborate with the Dean of Students Office and/or other Student Life units on oversight of the Spencer Weinstein Center for Community and Justice, including (but not limited to):  scheduling and programming the facility, which includes two meeting spaces that can be reserved, a kitchen, and community spaces; selecting, hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating student employees of the Center; and working with students, student employees, and Student Life partners to design and offer a breadth of programming and learning experiences addressing the goals of diversity and inclusion at Davidson.
  • Maintain strong connections with other colleagues working at intersections of culture, identity, and social justice, including peers in the Academic Access and Disability Resources Office, Civic Engagement, and Religious and Spiritual Life.
  • Facilitate student dialogue across varied points of view, providing opportunities to develop and improve understanding, as well as reflect on experiences of difference and discoveries about power, privilege, marginalization, and oppression.
  • Coordinate processes and protocols for responding to acts of intolerance.  Provide direct assistance and support to students and make appropriate referrals to campus and/or community resources.  Roles may include notifying key parties, tracking incidents, engaging affected communities, etc., in consultation with other relevant partners. 
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Student Life to ensure the institution’s goals and ideals for diversity are addressed in new student orientation, in student leadership programs, and in other key student engagement initiatives in the division. 
  • Encourage and help cultivate a positive campus climate that embraces and sustains diversity and inclusion and partner with faculty and staff, particularly organized affinity groups, in such efforts.
  • Identify, promote and/or provide professional development opportunities for key student-facing staff, including holistic advisors, advisors to fraternities and eating houses, etc., in order to strengthen staff knowledge and skills to serve diverse student populations.
  • Partner with academic affairs and faculty on grant initiatives, special summer opportunities, and/or other immersive and high impact practices that promote students’ academic and holistic success.
  • Serve as an active leader in the division of Student Life.
  • Develop and maintain content for the Student Life diversity sections on the college website.


A minimum of a Master’s degree in multicultural education, student affairs, higher education, or a related field, is required.  Cover letters should highlight the applicant’s engagement with/understanding of the needs of the student populations served by the position.  Requirements include:  proven experience (five years) in program development, implementation, evaluation and management; ability to relate effectively to college-aged students, faculty and staff; knowledge of diversity and inclusion theory and the ability to articulate the value of diversity and inclusion to multiple constituents; ability to work independently and collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff and other community partners.  Additional knowledge desired: understanding of student development and learning; awareness of the mission and vision of a selective liberal arts college.

Apply online at http://employment.davidson.edu and attach a resume and cover letter by March 9, 2018.  Cover letters should highlight the applicant’s engagement with/understanding of the needs of the student populations served by the position. 

Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina, that has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked in the top ten liberal arts colleges in the country.  Faculty of Davidson College enjoy a low student-faculty ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, and a collegial, respectful atmosphere that honors academic achievement and integrity.  Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's mission.

Note: a similar posting appeared on the Davidson College employment site in the fall of 2017; the duties and qualifications have been changed for this posting; anyone who applied for that position who wants to be considered for this posting should reapply and provide the relevant applicant materials.

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