Cal Poly appoints the new Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion •


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has named Paulette Granberry Russell — present president of the Nationwide Affiliation of Variety Officers in Greater Training (NADOHE) and director of Michigan State College’s Workplace for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives since 1998 — as its new vice chairman for range and inclusion.

Paulette Cranberry Russell

Granberry Russell will start her new function at Cal Poly on Aug. 31 and can oversee the Workplace of College Variety and Inclusion (OUDI), which leads the college’s efforts to construct range and promote inclusion all through the campus group and aligns universitywide efforts so as to obtain inclusive excellence. OUDI is the epicenter of the college’s efforts to proceed to enhance its campus local weather and entice a extra various pupil physique and workforce.

“I’m more than happy to convey an expert with Paulette’s experience and expertise to our college,” stated Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “Variety, fairness and inclusion make up a key element of Cal Poly’s Study by Doing expertise for our college students.

“Paulette understands how essential it’s to pupil success that we offer a welcoming and simply studying surroundings with range and inclusion ingrained into all features of our curriculum and programming. I do know she is the precise particular person to guide our college’s efforts towards these objectives.”

Granberry Russell has served as Michigan State College’s chief range officer since 1998, offering energetic oversight, coordination and evaluation of the campus’s packages and insurance policies associated to range, fairness, entry and inclusion.

She has offered strategic counsel to the college’s tutorial affairs, pupil affairs, enrollment and admissions, and different campus models on methods to entice and retain a extra various pupil physique and workforce. She additionally has coordinated and overseen range coaching initiatives; strengthened campus connections to exterior various communities; and promoted fundraising efforts to assist revolutionary range, fairness and inclusion programming. Granberry Russell has additionally offered management in assist of MSU’s DEI strategic planning efforts and reopening campus initiatives to make sure inclusive pointers and protocols for return to campus.

As well as, Granberry Russell in March was elected president of NADOHE — changing into the primary lady to function president for the group, which incorporates greater than 300 two- and four-year private and non-private faculties and universities and represents about 1,000 senior campus range officers and professionals throughout the U.S. The group helps range and inclusion efforts in greater schooling via analysis, sharing of finest practices, skilled growth, networking, and informing and influencing nationwide and native coverage round range, fairness and inclusion.

“A want to enhance and a willingness to do the arduous work are obligatory so as to make progress on range, fairness and inclusion — and I see each at Cal Poly,” stated Granberry Russell. “I’m thrilled to affix a college that’s making tangible strides — and that is aware of it nonetheless has an amazing quantity of labor nonetheless to do. I’m excited to see the place we are able to go once we maintain working collectively as a group.”

Previous to her work at MSU, Granberry Russell labored as a labor relations specialist with the Michigan Workplace of the State Employer and Michigan State Workers Affiliation.

Granberry Russell earned a bachelor’s diploma in political science/public administration from Michigan State College and her juris physician from Thomas M. Cooley Regulation Faculty.

She is a licensed legal professional within the state of Michigan and a sought-after speaker. She considers her kids, Ronnie and Kat, her biggest accomplishment and stated they encourage her each day to be her finest self.

Granberry Russell succeeds Jozi De Leon, who retires retired on the finish of June after serving as Cal Poly’s first vice chairman of range and inclusion. On the time De Leon joined the college, in July of 2017, her place was elevated to the President’s Cupboard and the Workplace of College Variety and Inclusion was established.

Cal Poly recruited Granberry Russell as an emergency rent, to take care of momentum and continuity of management inside OUDI and the college’s range, fairness and inclusion efforts.

“The vice chairman for range and inclusion is a crucial management function in our college group — significantly on this second in historical past when racial justice and equality are on the forefront of our nationwide dialogue,” Armstrong stated. “We should be sure that these efforts proceed to be a prime precedence for our college, and I’m assured that Paulette’s skilled expertise will present us with the mandatory imaginative and prescient and path.”

Denise Isom, chair of Cal Poly’s Ethnic Research Division, will lead OUDI on an interim foundation via August. Isom has been with Cal Poly since 2008 and has led the Ethnic Research Division for the previous seven years. She has served as a previous interim affiliate director of OUDI; helped launch a number of campus range and inclusion packages and initiatives; and gained a number of awards for her efforts to assist create a extra simply, equitable and various Cal Poly campus, together with the Cal Poly Cross Cultural Facilities’ MLK Legacy Award earlier this 12 months.

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