Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti has announced the creation of the chief diversity officer (CDO) position, which Doris Fields, professor in the School of Communications, Media, and Theatre Arts, will hold in the interim while a national search is conducted.
“As one of the most diverse public universities in Michigan, this is a vital role that further reinforces the University’s historic support of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures,” says James Smith, president of EMU. “We embrace our rich heritage as an institution of opportunity and the important role we play in the social mobility of our students.”
Fields currently serves as the university’s assistant vice president of academic programs and initiatives alongside her role as a tenured professor. Her areas of specialization include interracial and interethnic communication, and intercultural communication.
“Professor Fields brings a wealth of experience to this role, including more than 20 years of exceptional service to the university,” Smith says. “We are grateful for her stepping up to serve in this important role.”
The CDO’s responsibilities will include, among other tasks, developing and implementing the university’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan in alignment with the university’s strategic plan and leading the Office of Diversity and Community Involvement.
“I began my academic journey at EMU as a freshman in 1986. Since then, I have been a graduate student, part-time instructor, faculty member, and administrator at EMU. To continue my work as the interim chief diversity officer is an honor,” says Fields. “I am looking forward to serving in this capacity and developing policy recommendations to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion across the campus community.”