On the March 15, the President’s Office announced the appointment of Dr. Gretchel Hathaway as the Chief Diversity Officer and Dean of Diversity and Inclusion.
She has also taken on the role of the Posse Liaison, working with the Posse Foundation and the Admissions Office to ensure this program remains a vital part of the campus life.
Dr. Hathaway has worked for Union for the past 17 years. Before, she has worked as the Director of the Kenney Community Center and as the Title IX officer, reporting directly to the president. “I have every confidence that she will seize the opportunities presented by this newly expanded position and, working with all of us, take Union’s diversity and inclusion efforts to new levels,” said President Ainlay.
Effective immediately, she will work with Academic Affairs to enhance the diversity of the college’s faculty. She will also work with the Liaison Committee on Diversity to develop a Diversity Vision that follows from the strategic plan of the college.
Furthermore, she will work with the Human Resources Office to design and implement a campus climate survey for employees. She will also continue to work with the LGBTQ+ Committee to ensure that Union is doing all it can to be a welcoming and supportive environment.
In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Hathaway also serves as the chair of the membership committee for Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO), which is a member of the National Association of Diversity in Higher Education and the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS). Her office has and will collaborate with the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium (NY6) to hold different events and seminars in the future.
In recent times, the College has held a firm stance on maintaining a robust and rigorous learning community aimed at inclusivity and diversity. Dr. Hathaway said, “We can set an example on how to be proactive on racial, ethnical and religious issues. For that, we need to ensure that we are inclusive towards everyone, in order to maintain a healthy learning environment.”
In the future, she plans to collaborate with different student groups and clubs to hold diversity programs for students, faculty and administrators.