​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The State System and its universities are committed to cultivating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments that allow all members of the State System community to thrive. The position of Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer​ was established in August 2020 to engage institutional and system leaders to develop, implement, and evaluate outcomes-based strategies that address inequities in all areas including but not limited to student access and achievement; faculty and staff recruitment and development; and campus receptivity. The work will be grounded in, will build upon, and will elevate the promising initiatives and thought leadership already occurring across the universities.​​

 Guiding Principles

  • Diverse identities and perspectives are essential to university life and should be considered when making all decisions. 
  • A wide range of stakeholder perspectives are necessary to be truly mission-driven. 
  • Students are the core of our work, and we must be intentional about creating environments that recognize differences and provide appropriate and equitable systems that support positive outcomes. 
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion cannot be decoupled. Achieving academic excellence cannot be fully realized without diversity, and diversity cannot thrive in the absence of equity and inclusion.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies must include outcomes-based goals and be followed by action that is measured against these ​goals.
  • Collaboration is essential to leveraging our strengths and co-creating an impactful State System that values and operationalizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. ​

Message from Dr. Pearson