Chief Diversity Officer named at Saint Anselm College

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Ande Diaz, new Chief Diversity Officer at Saint Anselm, beginning July 2017.


MANCHESTER, NHSaint Anselm College has appointed Ande Diaz, Ph.D., as its Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), a new position which will help the college continue to fulfill its mission as an inclusive, welcoming academic community.

Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of Saint Anselm College, announced the selection of Dr. Diaz following a nationwide search. DiSalvo explained that Diaz will work with him, the Cabinet, and the entire college to recruit, retain and strengthen an intentionally diverse and inclusive community and environment on campus.

Currently, Diaz is Associate Provost for Diversity and Organizational Development at Allegheny College, a private coeducational liberal arts college in Meadville, PA, near Erie. She will begin her role as Chief Diversity Officer at Saint Anselm College on July 15, 2017, reporting directly to President DiSalvo and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

“I am very pleased to have Dr. Diaz join us in this exciting and pivotal new role,” said Dr. DiSalvo. “We are committed to moving forward as a community and honoring our mission by building a progressively more diverse, inclusive and robust learning and living environment for our students. I have every confidence that her substantial expertise and dedication to our goals will truly enrich Saint Anselm and help us to grow in this endeavor.”

Diaz comes to Saint Anselm with a depth of career experience in the field of civic engagement and inclusion and diversity education, including more than 10 years as the most senior diversity professional on several campuses. She holds a B.A. from Yale University, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in human and organizational development from Fielding Graduate University.

At Allegheny, Diaz conceptualized, developed, implemented, communicated and monitored institutional change pertaining to diversity and inclusion.

“Experiencing Saint Anselm through the eyes of my daughter, Franki – who is a senior at the college – and as one who has long admired the Anselmian tradition of liberal arts learning, I know that Ande will make the same difference in New Hampshire that she has made for Allegheny,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. “I am deeply grateful for all Ande has done for the Allegheny community, and I wish her every success as she returns to New England.”

Previously, Diaz spent seven years as Associate Dean and Director of the Intercultural Center at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, focusing on multicultural student affairs, LGBTQ student affairs, international student services, and spiritual life. She has served as adjunct faculty and guest faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Boston University, Providence College and Swarthmore College, and has also served as Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs at Princeton University and Assistant Director and Public Service/Arts Advisor at Harvard University.