For Immediate Release
October 3, 2011
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UMD Names Kumea Shorter-Gooden as Chief Diversity Officer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland has named Kumea Shorter-Gooden as its first Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. Her impressive career over several decades includes path-breaking work as a chief diversity officer, faculty member, award winning author, and practicing psychologist.
One of the central tenets of the University's 2008 Strategic Plan is a campus that fully appreciates diversity as an essential value and an educational benefit to be studied, cultivated, and embraced. Following the recommendations of the 2010 Strategic Plan for Diversity, the Office of the Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity was restructured, and a new leadership position was created to head it, the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, which Dr. Shorter-Gooden will be the first to hold.
Offices reporting directly to the new CDO include: the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education, the Office of LGBT Equity, the Nyumburu Cultural Center, and the Office of Diversity Education and Compliance. She will also have responsibility for the Equity Council, the Conflict Resolution Network, the Maryland Incentive Awards Program, the Center for Leadership and Organization Change, and the President's Commissions.
University of Maryland President Wallace Loh commented, "Kumea is extraordinarily well qualified to direct this new organization, and I am pleased to have her as a member of my Cabinet."
"We were searching for someone with exceptional vision, knowledge, and experience to further advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are core values of our university. In Dr. Shorter-Gooden we've found that person," said UMD Senior Vice President and Provost Ann Wylie. "President Loh and I recognize in Dr. Shorter-Gooden a diversity professional of tremendous experience, who works well across all identity groups and academic disciplines and who is particularly accomplished in the area of diversity."
Shorter-Gooden currently serves as Associate Provost for International-Multicultural Initiatives at Alliant International University, located on six California and three international campuses. She was the first chief diversity officer at Alliant where she was charged with overseeing the implementation of the university's multicultural/international plan, which includes competencies for students, faculty, staff and administrators. She is credited with developing a policy and plan to increase the diversity of Alliant's faculty; establishing a policy on religious observance that is affirming of the diverse beliefs in the university community; establishing annual themed diversity programming; overseeing a successful Latino/a achievement and retention initiative; and helping to internationalize Alliant's campuses.
Shorter-Gooden, a UMD alumna, will return to the University as its new Chief Diversity Officer, effective January 1, 2012. She will report directly to the Senior Vice President and Provost and will work closely with the President in achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan for Diversity. In accepting this position, Dr. Shorter said, "I am impressed with the significant work that the University has been engaged in and excited about your plans to fully realize a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environment."
A licensed psychologist in the State of California, Shorter-Gooden is a Fellow in two divisions of the American Psychological Association: Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) and Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). She has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations and an equal number of invited conference presentations. She is the co-author of Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America (2003 HarperCollins), which won the American Book Award. She is a member of the editorial boards of two journals: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and Consulting Psychology Journal.
In addition to her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland, Shorter-Gooden earned a B.A. with high honors at Princeton in 1973. She was part of the first class of women admitted as freshmen to Princeton.
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