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UO hires new head of equity, inclusion.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Yvette Marie Alex- Assensoh, a political scientist and lawyer who has served on the Indiana University faculty for the past 18 years and as dean for women's affairs since 2008, has been named vice president for equity and inclusion at the University of Oregon. She will begin work at the UO in August.

Alex-Assensoh "brings a wealth of leadership, scholarship, experience and commitment that will serve the university's mission and contribute to important campus and statewide conversations about equity, inclusion and access," said Robert Berdahl, the UO's interim president.

She will succeed Charles Martinez, who stepped down last summer as the UO's vice president for institutional equity and diversity to return to teaching. Robin Holmes, the UO's vice president for student affairs, has served since fall as interim director of the university's Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

The UO's "goals of facilitating equity and inclusion, and serving students from a variety of backgrounds, mesh well with both my training and my passion," Alex- Assensoh said.

The UO says it wants its commitment to diversity to be "a growing source of institutional strength," and that the new vice president will be "the catalyst for continuing efforts to build a diverse, inclusive and equitable university community."

Alex-Assensoh will report to the UO president and the university's senior vice president and provost, a post now held on an acting basis by Lorraine Davis. Alex-Assensoh will serve on the UO's executive leadership team.

The UO launched its diversity plan - built around equality, opportunity and pluralism - in 2006. All the UO's schools and colleges have since developed diversity plans. "Progress toward achieving the goals in those plans has varied," the UO said in a news release.

"Overall, the UO has seen increases in diversification of faculty, staff and students over the past six years," the UO said.

Indiana University has eight campuses in Indiana with a total student count of 99,000.

At Indiana, Alex-Assensoh is a full professor in the political science department, and serves as an adjunct in both Asian American Studies and the Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies. She was director of graduate studies from 2002 to 2003 and director of graduate studies and admissions from 2003 to 2007. She taught and did research under a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Zagreb in Croatia during the 2000-01 academic year.

She holds a law degree from Indiana University, a Ph.D. and a master's degree from Ohio State University, and a bachelor's degree from Dillard University in New Orleans.
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Title Annotation:Local News; An Indiana University dean will replace Charles Martinez, who returned to teaching
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 5, 2012
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