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Pratt Institute - Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Brooklyn, NY

Job Description

Pratt Institute seeks nominations and applications for its inaugural position of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) to lead campus-wide efforts to advance inclusion and institutional equity. The CDIO will lead the newly created Office of Diversity and Inclusion and partner with committed members of the Pratt community on its priorities towards achieving institutional excellence through equity and inclusion. Pratt is nearing the completion of a comprehensive Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion – a thorough analysis of its challenges and opportunities - and will entrust the CDIO to bring vision and direction to its broad and collaborative priorities for equity across the Institute.

Reporting directly to the President, the CDIO will serve as a member of Pratt’s senior staff and as an integrating partner with campus leaders, students, faculty, staff, various Institute committees, and external constituencies to proactively develop and implement plans, programs, and activities that both educate and promote equity and inclusion as core values to be collectively practiced at the Institute. After a campus wide study in 2016, the Diversity Steering Committee began its work in June 2016 with a mission to identify key areas of focus and to craft a diversity strategic plan addressing the needs of the campus and community at large. The plan is complete with community comments to be adopted and is awaiting board approval. The CDIO will be empowered to work across all aspects of the Institute, with the diversity strategic plan in mind, to promote and most importantly, advance inclusion.

Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education that prepares its undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information, and liberal arts and sciences. With a total enrollment of over 4,700 domestic and international students, Pratt recognizes the strength that stems from a diversity of perspectives, ideas, backgrounds, approaches, and experiences. We aspire to continue to grow as a community that always welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to contribute to and be part of Pratt culture. Pratt’s students are gifted artists with a passion for social justice, community engagement and thoughtful dialogue, inclusion and acceptance of difference. The CDIO will play a major role in the advising, teaching, facilitating and modeling of such inclusive excellence and behavior.

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as a campus in Utica, New York (Pratt MWP College of Art and Design). Pratt has an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression. With a rich and deep history in serving underrepresented groups, Pratt operated the first free library open to all in Brooklyn as well as one of the first banks to do business with underrepresented groups. This history is what continues to drive Pratt to creating and maintaining an inclusive climate.

Additional information about Pratt Institute may be found at The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong track record of building trust and confidence among students, staff, faculty and the broader community in successful collaboration, support and implementation of initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access and inclusion (DEI).

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 16, 2018. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement available below, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Pratt Institute’s consultants Charlene Aguilar and Khalilah J. Bryan Lawson at The consultants can be reached by telephone via Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.

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