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Vice President for Diversity Initiatives & Chief Diversity Officer Search

The Position

The Vice President for Diversity Initiatives & Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is a senior institutional administrator responsible for shaping, implementing, and promoting UNLV’s strategies to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Reporting directly to the president, this individual will serve on the President’s Cabinet, and provide leadership for policies and initiatives to foster an equitable and inclusive campus climate.

By overseeing the Office of Diversity Initiatives and steering the University Diversity Council (UDC), the CDO will promote systemic changes that emphasize diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice throughout the full range of institutional operations including teaching, research and creative activity, public service and community engagement, recruitment and hiring, tenure and promotion, resource allocation, and more.

This individual will drive cultural change through active programming, education, and communication. This office will offer institutional resources and services for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. The unit will produce training for student cultural competency, create programs for faculty and staff professional development, and establish forums for meaningful campus-wide dialogue.

The CDO will be a proactive and visible leader, providing guidance and inspiring change by ensuring that campus climate reflects the university’s values of access and equity.

Open Forums

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in open forums with the three final candidates for the Vice President for Diversity Initiatives & Chief Diversity Officer position. Participants have the option of joining virtually or in person. Due to limited space, if you are interested in attending in person, contact Jaci Batista and to reserve a seat.


Kenny Yarbrough, MBA, Th.D., CDP
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022, 12:30 p.m.

Seval Yildirim, J.D., LL.M.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2022, 12:30 p.m.

Stancia Whitcomb Jenkins, MPA, CAAP, IDI Administrator
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022, 12:30 p.m.

Search Committee


Committee Members


If you have any questions about the position, please contact Ericka Smith at or Storbeck Search at