New Acting Vice-President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Retains Position | Academics
Charles Small has been named the new Acting Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as the search for a permanent replacement continues.
Small officially began serving as Acting Vice President on Oct. 15 after previous Acting Margo Forman accepted a position at Clark University.
The former long-term vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion was Reginald Chhen Stewart, who left Iowa State for the same position at Chapman University last summer.
The search for a permanent is underway, and research firm Spelman Johnston is currently selecting official candidates for the position. In the meantime, Small has taken the reins on an interim basis and will serve until the permanent position is filled.
Small originally held a position of Senior Assistant Sports Director, working as part of an executive team; Small oversaw student services for students involved in athletic programs. In this position, Small would help ensure the well-being of student-athletes as well as ensure that academic student-athletes do not fail. Small is also the athletic administrator for men’s basketball and wrestling.
To alleviate some of Small’s load, some of the responsibilities of his previous position were taken over by other staff in the sports department. Small will take over these responsibilities once a permanent has been chosen.
“Anytime President Wintersteen can ask you to serve in this capacity, I mean, I just think it’s a very great honor for the person,” Small said. “I think one of the reasons she asked me to serve was: firstly, because of my professional background, so an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in social work. And also my doctoral degrees in management. of higher education. “
As an interim, Small works to coordinate the various programs and initiatives underway at each of the colleges. As interim vice president, Small also serves as the Title IX coordinator for the university, a critical role in ensuring the university complies with issues of sexual harassment and assault.
“I think interim is a leadership position, we have initiatives going on and we have great staff working on those initiatives,” Small said. “… So my role as an interim is more to coordinate and orchestrate making sure people stay engaged … So it’s more, making sure people have the support they want. need.”
Small spoke about how he felt about being named interim vice president.
“I just think it’s really exciting to see the direction the university is going, really emphasizing, you know, a welcoming and supportive community. I think President Wintersteen presented some kind of report on our strategic goals, that’s great. And all the colleges and student affairs departments are really rallying behind that. “