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University appoints Cheryl Nunez first vice provost for diversity

New position part of institutional commitment to advance diversity and inclusion issues on campus

04/29/05

On May 2, Cheryl Nuñez, a Cincinnati native who grew up and still lives in the University's backyard, North Avondale, is becoming Xavier’s first vice provost for diversity.

Nuñez comes to Xavier with degrees from Harvard University and the University of Cincinnati and has served as director for affirmative action and multicultural affairs at Northern Kentucky University since 1996.

Nuñez’s position is one part of a much larger institutional commitment to advancing issues of diversity and inclusion on the campus, including reviewing the University’s core curricular diversity requirement, E Pluribus Unum and developing a comprehensive strategic plan for diversity and inclusion that integrates campus initiatives into a systematic plan with specific accountability.

Nuñez says that commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive academic environment is what attracted her to the position. “It resonates with my personal commitment to education as a means not only of serving individual aspirations, but also of expanding the possibilities of a democratic society,” she says. “It is the vision of social justice and humanism, articulated in Xavier’s mission, which serves as a guiding force in both my personal and professional lives.”

Since becoming president in January 2001, University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., has made diversity and inclusion a top priority for the University. A trustee task force on diversity and inclusion has worked to frame discussions and priorities within the mission of Xavier as a Catholic, Jesuit university in Cincinnati.

"I am struck by Ms. Nuñez’s easy, gracious style, clear sense of priorities and passion for being an agent of institutional change,” says Graham. “I believe that she will be a significant asset to Xavier and very much look forward to working with her to further the University’s goals regarding diversity and inclusion.”