Whitt Named Creighton's First VP for Diversity and Inclusion

Whitt Named Creighton’s First VP for Diversity and Inclusion

Christopher Whitt, PhD, joined Creighton in February as the University’s first vice provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Whitt most recently served as an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he founded and directed the Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity.

“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,” said Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ. “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.”

In addition to his work with Augustana’s Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity, Whitt was 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 locally, regionally and nationally.

Whitt earned the Fannie Lou Hamer Outstanding Community Service Award in 2017 and the Anna Julia Cooper National Teacher of the Year award in 2013 from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. He also received the 2017 Charles Toney Sr. NAACP Civil Rights Hero Award from the Rock Island County NAACP.