As colleges and universities continue to add chief diversity officers to their top administrative ranks, some from within and outside the profession have called for a set of professional standards to guide their work. What qualifications should these officers have? What exactly do their jobs entail? How do they relate to equal opportunity officers on campus? The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education has responded to their concerns by today releasing a list of Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers.
Shirley Wilcher, executive director of the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity, has previously criticized some new chief diversity officers for having insufficient legal knowledge of their field -- even if they do have a Ph.D. Via email, she also praised the new standards, saying that while they’re intended for colleges and universities, they’re also “tremendously important in articulating the knowledge and role of the [chief diversity officer] and its essential position in the executive leadership of any organization.”
At the same time, Wilcher called on the chief diversity officers’ association to “build stronger interconnected efforts” with the equal opportunity and other compliance-based officers who make up her associations’ membership “to promote a healthy and respectful environment for the entire academic community.”
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