Washington University in St. Louis Hires Assistant Vice Chancellor to Lead Academy on Diversity and Inclusion

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In March, Washington University in St. Louis announced that it would launch its Academy for Diversity and Inclusion. While the university already has the Center for Diversity and Inclusion—which is dedicated to the student body—the academy will serve as a new initiative solely for its faculty and staff. After a months-long nationwide search, the university will welcome Nicole Hudson as its assistant vice chancellor to lead the academy.

Prior to the announcement of her new position, Hudson worked in various capacities on race- and diversity-related initiatives in the St. Louis region. Currently, she is the senior policy advisor for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, where her work has focused on “institutionalizing equity as a core value of government.” Prior positions include her role as the communications director for the Ferguson Commission, a position appointed by Governor Jay Nixon in an effort to study both what catalyzed Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 and the subsequent protests that followed, as well as develop a recommendation of policies. She also sits on the board of Invest STL and the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, has served on the Regional Arts Commission Cultural Plan Thought Leaders Forum and was a panelist for the Kennedy Arts Summit.

According to a press release by Washington University, which announced the academy, in her new role, Hudson will lead the academy in supporting “employees through programming, training, events and other resources,” as they relate to diversity and inclusion. Hudson will advocate on the behalf of university employees in various capacities such as cultivating ambassadors of diversity and inclusion across campus and assessing the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion efforts. “Core to the mission of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion is an ideal – a ‘culture and climate of diversity and inclusion’ – that has no precedent in our country or the St. Louis region,” Hudson said in a press release. “I am excited to help Washington University continue to move toward that ideal.”

Hudson will begin her new role at Washington University on Aug. 27.

Photo courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis.

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