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Student participation in the vice president for DEI search process

Dear Students,

Last month, DePaul kicked-off the search process for the next vice president for Institutional Diversity and Equity. We have partnered with the search firm WittKieffer to recruit candidates based on a leadership profile established for DePaul’s unique community, location, and environment.  

To create this leadership profile, WittKieffer and DEI Search Committee members will be hosting listening sessions in April. We’d like to invite our student community to two dedicated listening sessions: a virtual session and an in-person session.

Your perspectives as students are crucial in ensuring that we select a candidate who aligns with the needs and values of our diverse community. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment where all voices are heard and respected, and your participation will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the diversity and equity initiatives at DePaul.

During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the following questions that will inform the leadership profile:    

  • ​What do you want the next vice president for Institutional Diversity and Equity to accomplish? How will you judge this person's success?  
  • What professional qualifications and personal qualities should candidates have?  
  • What are the selling points for this position and this community?

The dedicated student listening sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

  • ​April 24 from 12 – 1 p.m. (in person, pizza will be served!) 
Additionally, a virtual forum for faculty, staff and students will be held: 

Another opportunity for you to provide your is through a university-wide survey which is available here.

We ask that you take the time to participate in this survey​ to provide us your thoughts regarding the DEI VP leadership profile. 

Lastly, you are always welcome to email the search firm directly with your feedback at DePaulVPOIDE@wittkieffer.com.


Martine Kei Green-Rogers
Dean, The Theatre School 

Sonia Sotero
Faculty Council President