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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Diversity Realized by Visioning Excellence (DRIVE) Committee

Diversity Realized by Visioning Excellence (DRIVE) is a working group comprised of highly respected faculty with the goal of impacting the faculty hiring process to ensure that diversity and excellence are an inseparable part of the hiring process. Faculty peer education efforts related to the search process should help to further the campus’ commitment to diversity. The DRIVE Committee is focused on supporting and accelerating department-, school- and college-level efforts to recruit faculty members and postdocs from traditionally underrepresented populations. The DRIVE committee administers the Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Program in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Office for Access & Equity.

Committee Members (2022–2023)

  • Yoon Pak, Ed. Policy, Organization and Leadership, Co-Chair
  • Denise Lewin Loyd, Business Administration, Co-Chair
  • C.L. Cole, Media and Cinema Studies, GWS
  • Lance Cooper, Physics
  • Nicki Engeseth, Food Science & Human Nutrition
  • Wendy Heller, Psychology
  • Cindy Ingold, Library
  • Colleen Murphy, Law
  • Monika Stodolska, Recreation, Sport and Tourism
  • Nathan Todd, Psychology
  • Nicolas Yunes, Physics
  • Heidi Johnson, OAE, ex officio
  • Nizam Arain, OAE, ex officio