Preparations underway for GRC director search

The Office of the Provost held input sessions last week on the Gender Resource Center for faculty, staff and students to discuss the direction of the proposed center.

William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, said there is an advertisement out for the center’s director position. Welburn said the center hopes to have a director hired by July 1 and in place by the fall semester.

At the Feb. 29 student input meeting, students discussed programming, name recognition communication and how to maintain inclusivity.

Welburn said the discussion topics will feed into the information presented to candidates for the director position. He said the center is looking at hiring faculty-in-residence and has gotten three requests for the position within a 24-hour period.

Welburn said he would like students to attend the interview sessions.

“Active student involvement will send a message to candidates that the university is serious,” Welburn said. “We anticipate really good candidates.”

Information on the position will be sent out prior to looking at the first candidate, Welburn said.

There will be an advisory board for the center, and two members of the 15-member board will be alumni. Welburn said the center will look to Georgetown University’s engagement efforts as an example.

“They’ve done a lot in engaging alumni,” Welburn said.

Overall, Welburn said he is pleased with the outcome of the input sessions.

“I’m very happy we’ve gotten a lot of ideas,” he said. “What we wanted to have happen, happened. People are honest about what they envision the center to be.”