Search for Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

Barnard College is launching a national search for the newly created position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement. A Search Advisory Committee has been formed, including faculty, staff and students. The College has retained the search firm Spelman and Johnson to assist with the process.

Position Description

Reporting to President Sian Leah Beilock, the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion (vice president) will be a valued member of Barnard’s senior staff. The vice president will create and lead the campus’s office of diversity, equity, and inclusion; provide strategic and visionary leadership in promoting an institutional culture that values diversity and supports inclusive excellence; partner with campus leaders, students, faculty, staff, and external constituencies to create and facilitate cultural change and transformation; proactively develop and implement policy, plans, programs, and activities that both educate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of the College; and lead Barnard’s efforts in realizing its bold ambition to become a national model for inclusive excellence and community engagement. 

The vice president will chair the College’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion. Their stated goals are to expand the dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion to the entire Barnard community of students, faculty, staff, and alumnae; promote and coordinate a campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion agenda; manage and monitor the implementation of the March 2017 recommendations of the President’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion; and advise Barnard’s senior leadership and Board of Trustees on implementing best practices in the promotion of new initiatives that create a more diverse and inclusive campus community. 

The vice president will convene a cabinet to identify policies, structures, and practices that support the recruitment, retention, and success of diverse faculty, administrators, staff, and students. The vice president will work collaboratively with the cabinet to establish systems of accountability and evaluation, including the continuous monitoring and improvement of institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, using data-driven metrics to measure success and disseminate information. This cabinet will consist of all diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinators across campus, including but not limited to the dean of faculty diversity and development, the associate dean of student life, the executive director for equity, the associate dean for Beyond Barnard, the associate dean for student success, the College ombuds office, and a representative from Human Resources.

Finally, because Barnard contributes to and benefits from the diversity of perspectives, experiences, and resources that follow from robust exchanges with the broader community and the environs of New York City, the vice president will be responsible for reimagining and overseeing the College’s community engagement initiatives. The vice president will establish the College as a locus of community engaged scholarship and practice through robust partnerships with local communities, neighborhood, and citywide organizations, and the City of New York, as well as innovative programs on and off campus. The vice president will work with faculty to develop and strengthen programs that extend research, teaching, service, and learning beyond the campus, encouraging collaboration between students and neighbors, and establishing Barnard as not only in the City of New York, but of the City of New York.

The Search Advisory Committee continues to welcome feedback from campus community on what qualities and experiences they hope the new Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will bring. The committee will review the candidate materials, conduct initial interviews, and meet with finalists during on-campus visits. On-campus visits will include conversations with a broad range of campus constituents.

Members of the Barnard community can email to provide thoughts or other input to be shared with Spelman Johnson.

More information, including how to apply, can be found on Spelman Johnson’s website: 

Please check back regularly for updates on the search for a new Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement.

Search Advisory Committee


Monica Miller, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies and Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development


Chris Baswell, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English at Barnard College and Columbia University

Yvette Christiansë, Ann Whitney Olin Professor & Chair of Africana Studies Department; Professor, English Literature; Interim Chair, Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Janet Jakobsen, Claire Tow Professor and Chair of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dina Merrer, Professor of Chemistry

J.C. Salyer, Assistant Professor of Practice, Anthropology and Human Rights


A-J Aronstein, Associate Dean, Beyond Barnard

Emy Cardoza, Associate Dean for Student Life

Molree Williams-Lendor, Title IX Coordinator and Executive Director for Equity


Tirzah Anderson ’21

Aydan Shahd ’20

Ex Officio Member

Jomysha Stephen ’96, Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel & Chief of Staff to the President

HR Liaison

Ben Riendeau

Search Firm

Spelman Johnson - Easthampton, MA