UA Names Senior Diversity Officer and Special Advisor to Provost

UA Names Senior Diversity Officer and Special Advisor to Provost

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Jesús Treviño
Jesús Treviño
Rebecca Tsosie
Rebecca Tsosie

The UA has hired two new employees to help promote diversity and inclusion on the UA campus.

Jesús Treviño has been appointed vice provost for inclusive excellence and senior diversity officer, effective Aug. 1.

Rebecca Tsosie also will join the UA in August as special advisor to the provost for diversity and inclusion and as a Regents' Professor in the James E. Rogers College of Law.

"We have seen again this academic year how important nurturing a diverse and inclusive community is to the mission and success of the University of Arizona," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. "I am so very glad that Jesús Treviño and Rebecca Tsosie are both joining the UA community to lead our efforts in this vitally important area that is integral to everything we do. Working with the larger team of campus leaders, their experience and insight will help ensure that the UA is a vibrant and welcoming learning community."

As vice provost for diversity and inclusion and senior diversity officer, Treviño will work closely with the UA's Diversity Coordinating Council, Diversity Task Force, shared governance groups, senior leaders and others on campus with diversity and inclusion-related responsibilities to leverage and extend the University's efforts and to position diversity as a key competitive advantage for the UA.

Treviño has worked extensively on diversity issues in higher education and most recently served as associate vice president for diversity and senior diversity officer at the University of South Dakota. He has also served as a higher education consultant, specializing in campus intergroup relations in inclusive excellence and campus diversity for several universities.

"I'm looking forward to becoming part of the University of Arizona Wildcat family, coming to Tucson and working on diversity and inclusion," Treviño said. "There's a lot of 'gold' on the campus - diversity, groups, talent and a willingness and momentum to actually achieve inclusive excellence. I look forward to working with those assets in order to build a better community and address the issues that need to be worked on."

As special advisor, Tsosie will work specifically on diversity and inclusion in academic affairs. She will collaborate with faculty and other campus leaders to advance diversity and inclusion in the classroom and other academic settings while also continuing to teach and further her own research.

Currently a Regents' Professor of Law and vice provost for inclusion and community engagement at Arizona State University, Tsosie looks forward to joining the UA.

"This is my dream job in so many ways because I will join the esteemed faculty of the James E. Rogers College of Law as a scholar and professor, and I will also have the opportunity to continue my work on diversity and inclusion in higher education as special advisor to the provost," Tsosie said. "I look forward to highlighting the importance of inclusion to the academic mission of the University of Arizona and working in collaboration with my colleagues to generate a rich and supportive environment for diversity and inclusion. I am very excited to join this warm and vibrant campus community, and I'm incredibly honored to have the opportunity to advance the goals of the University and the communities that we serve."

Treviño and Tsosie will work closely with Andrew Comrie, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, to help make the UA a national leader in diversity and inclusion.

"I’m delighted that we have been able to recruit both of these leaders to the UA," Comrie said. "They each bring significant expertise and experience to our campus and they will help us in our goal to achieve excellence in diversity and inclusion across our campus."

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