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Executive Director and Senior Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Closes: Open Until Filled Office of Inclusion & Academic EngagementOffice of the President

The Executive Director and Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer (SDIO) reports to the President of Eastern Illinois University and serves on the President’s Council. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing and managing the Office of Inclusion & Academic Engagement and supporting related initiatives that fall under Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). The selected candidate will understand the importance of advancing and sustaining an equitable and inclusive campus culture, as well as support the University’s Quality Initiative Strategic Plan for Diversifying Faculty and Staff at Eastern; and will strategically align current DEIB initiatives for maximum impact to realize the power of inclusive excellence. Building on the prior work of the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, the SDIO will collaboratively develop and convene a new campus-wide Diversity & Inclusion Council that will unify stakeholders from across campus around a shared vision in order to make a difference in the sense of belonging for all members of this close-knit academic community.


The Office endeavors to pursue, promote and maintain programs that will heighten the awareness, presence, and success of students from under–represented groups on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The Office of Inclusion and Academic Engagement coordinates a variety of mentoring and engagement programs that support EIU’s diverse student population. Specifically, the Office is responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting campus mentoring programs, cultural centers, and multicultural heritage programs, in partnership with the Divisions of Student Affairs & Academic Affairs.

The office staff includes a full-time professional position to support mentoring and heritage programs, a graduate assistant, and shared office support with plans to hire a dedicated office manager in 2024-2025.



A graduate degree with relevant experience associated with the requirements outlined below:

To apply for this position, candidates will submit: 1.) a letter of application describing the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position; 2.) resume; 3.) a one-page leadership statement on inclusive excellence; and 4.) the names, addresses (including email), and telephone numbers for at least three professional references to Interfolio at

For questions regarding this search, please contact Dr. Anne Flaherty, Screening Committee Chair, at


EIU's attractive 320-acre campus is big enough to offer quality programs, yet small enough to offer personal attention. Founded in 1895, Eastern Illinois University (EIU) has seven (7) colleges and schools offering more than 90 academic programs in the form of bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees.


Eastern Illinois University is a public comprehensive university that offers superior, accessible undergraduate and graduate education. Students learn the methods and results of free and rigorous inquiry in the arts, humanities, sciences, and professions, guided by a faculty known for its excellence in teaching, research, creative activity, and service. The university community is committed to diversity and inclusion and fosters opportunities for student-faculty scholarship and applied learning experiences within a student-centered campus culture. Throughout their education, students refine their abilities to reason and to communicate clearly so as to become responsible citizens and leaders.


Eastern Illinois University will be a premier comprehensive university, global in its reach and impact, where personal connections with faculty and staff support students’ academic success.


Eastern Illinois University is committed to fostering a learning community where all members feel welcomed and valued. The university provides equality of opportunity in all areas of campus life and strives to recognize and appreciate the unique value of students, faculty, and staff. Every member of campus has the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment, and beyond that, our goal is for all members of our community to develop a strong sense of belonging to Eastern Illinois University. The Office of Inclusion and Academic Engagement was created in 1990 to coordinate a variety of minority programs and endeavors to pursue, promote and maintain programs that will heighten the awareness, presence, and success of minorities and other under–represented groups on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The textbook rental service is one example of increasing access and saves students approximately $1,200 annually by allowing them to rent, rather than buy, their textbooks. Eastern also has a growing number of international students (more than 400) enhancing the richness of perspectives in the campus community.

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran - committed to achieving an inclusive and diverse community.

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