April 19, 2017: Andrews University posted a brand new administrative vacancy to its official Facebook account today.
The job is that of Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion.
The creation of the role stems from promises made by the university after a student-produced video was posted on Facebook in February alleging pervasive past and current racism at the institution.
In the video African American students called on Andrews to apologize within a week for the “systemic racism it has perpetuated on its campus.” It quickly went viral.
The institution responded in less than a week with a well-received speech by Andrews president, Dr. Andrea Luxton and a video containing an apology from the university as well as a series of promises.
One of these promises was that the role of Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion would be created.
The job description for the role states that the new VP position will carry with it the responsibility of being the university’s Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).
As CDO, the new leader will provide “spiritual, administrative and academic leadership for the equity and diversity vision, resources, and programs across the university.”
The job was described as a full-time administrative position with the VP reporting to the president and the President’s Cabinet.