Juan Nunez Chief Diversity Officer University of Massachusetts Boston
What is your title and role within your institution?
Juan Nunez, Chief Diversity Officer
What would you want the world to know about your institution’s commitment to diversity?
Among institutions of higher learning, the University of Massachusetts Boston is a leader in diversity, access, and excellence. With its mission to serve the city of Boston—a mission established by its founders—the university reflects the growing diversity of the community it represents, a mixture of people, cultures, and demographics unlike that of any other public university in New England. Ours is an institution that naturally extends itself to—and in turn welcomes into its student body, faculty, and staff—people of varied races, ethnicities, ages, and economic backgrounds. We are proud of that record. We also believe that the UMass Boston academic experience itself is enriched by the many experiences and perspectives that our students, faculty, and staff bring to it. We at the university see diversity and access as critical to the achievement of excellence in all our academic programs. UMass Boston faculty and staff share a vision of undergraduate and graduate teaching that meets the needs of a diverse student population—developing innovative and interdisciplinary programs and nurturing both pure and applied research. The university has reinforced its commitment to the principles of diversity by incorporating a diversity course requirement into the undergraduate curriculum.
Why did you join NADOHE?
NADOHE is a great venue for exploring best practices in diversity and inclusion and for networking with other diversity practitioners.
What do you hope to gain from your NADOHE membership?
I hope to gain insights on different approaches to implementing diversity of thought in order to lead our university towards a more inclusive campus climate.
Leading Higher Education Towards Inclusive Excellence