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Creighton names inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Christopher Whitt, PhDMaking another major step toward enhancing and celebrating its commitment to diversity, Creighton University today announces the appointment of its first Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

Christopher M. Whitt, PhD, will join the University administration Feb. 19, bringing a full and wide complement of experience in academia and as a leader in developing inclusive communities. The new vice provost will have the opportunity to lead, champion, and implement the university’s efforts to advance its work on diversity and inclusion. Whitt arrives at Creighton having most recently served as an associate professor and department chair in the Department of Political Science at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. At Augustana, Whitt also founded and directed the Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity.

“We eagerly anticipate Dr. Whitt’s joining with us to further Creighton’s mission and vision,” said the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, PhD. “As a community of learners and leaders whose interests and influences expand every day, and as a local campus surrounded by a diverse community, we look forward to Dr. Whitt’s leadership as we continue to connect Creighton not only with the wider world, but also the one just outside our doorstep. Dr. Whitt is a proven leader in fostering the integral conversations about diversity and inclusion that serve to make our world a bigger, more accepting place.”

One of many sweeping initiatives outlined by Fr. Hendrickson when his tenure began, the creation of the Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion post now joins with the University’s global programming, sustainability, and service learning efforts as ways Creighton is boldly seeking out new paths for its mission.

“At Creighton, we embrace the realities of the world as it is and cut new tracks to make that world a more just, compassionate, and intellectually curious place,” Fr. Hendrickson said. “We are lighting new fires in the minds of the men and women who come to our University and, we hope, preparing them to go out into the world and work for a better future for all people.”

The new Vice Provost will report to Creighton Provost Tom Murray, PhD.

“Given the depth and breadth of his experience and his commitment to the ideals toward which Creighton strives, we look forward to having Dr. Whitt on the University’s administrative team,” Murray said. “This is an important step for Creighton, our students, faculty, and staff.”

In addition to his work with Augustana’s Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity, Whitt is also a co-founder of the College’s Africana Studies Program and a representative to several faculty and community organizations. He organized Augustana’s Diversity Dissertation Fellowship Program, and has also convened, led and participated in many seminars, summits and presentations on social justice topics. His work takes place not only on campus at Augustana and in the Quad Cities community, but around the nation.

Whitt is the holder of the 2017 Fannie Lou Hamer Outstanding Community Service Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists; the 2017 Charles Toney, Sr. NAACP Civil Rights Hero Award, given by the Rock Island County NAACP; and the 2013 Anna Julia Cooper National Teacher of the Year award, also from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

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