Eastern Washington University is pleased to introduce Vanessa Delgado as the new director of the EWU Multicultural Center. She will begin her duties March 1.
Delgado comes to Eastern from the University of Kansas where she has managed the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity since 2015. Prior to that she spent three years directing initiatives for the LGBT Resource Center and the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness and Community (M.O.S.A.I.C.) at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
“I am very passionate about higher education and working with college age students,” says Delgado. “I am excited to bring this passion to the EWU Multicultural Center, where I will work to promote inclusiveness and empower students to find their voice.”
She received her Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M University and a master’s in mental health counseling from Northern Arizona University. Delgado’s hiring comes after a nationwide search for the center’s first permanent director.
The Multicultural Center was created last year under the leadership of President Mary Cullinan to provide resources and support to students.
She will take over for Victor Rodriguez, who has served as the MCC director on an interim basis since last March. Rodriguez will return to his post as manager of New Student Transitions and Parent Programs at Eastern.
While it is currently located in Showalter Hall, the Multicultural Center will have a permanent home in the new Pence Union Building (PUB) once renovation is complete by the fall of 2018
The manager of the Pride Center, Nick Franco, has been appointed to the Board of Student Publications.
A new partnership will give Eastern Washington University more resources to recruit and retain faculty members from underrepresented populations.
EWU has received “affiliate” partner status as a non-doctoral (PhD) granting institution with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. Although Eastern offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), SREB typically works with research universities that offer multiple doctoral programs.
This partnership, initiated through EWU’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, is a vehicle that will assist the university in the diversification of faculty through participation in SREB’s Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. The conference is the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the country.
“The Institute is a proven method to recruit diverse faculty,” says Shari Clarke, PhD, vice president for Diversity and Inclusion at EWU. “Our active participation and engagement will visibly demonstrate the opportunities for professional growth, research, and scholarship within the academy available at EWU for underrepresented faculty.”
In addition to attending the annual Institute, the partnership will enable EWU to receive campus consultations, administrative services and have access to SREB’s scholarly directory.
“I fully expect by working with EWU, our first “affiliate” partner, there will be other services that will be added to the offerings,” says Ansley Abraham, PhD, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program director. Abraham believes that Eastern’s participation in this program will open up more opportunities for graduates of the Institute.
In addition to addressing goals in Eastern’s overall strategic plan, Clarke points out the new partnership supports the university’s Diversity Strategic Plan as well, including increased recruitment of underrepresented faculty.
As some of you may know, EWU's Pence Union Building is under renovation. We are very excited to see it opening up this fall, especially since the Pride Center and Multicultural Center will be moving there! They will both be getting bigger spaces and they will be in a more convenient location. We hope to see you stop by next year!
September 13, 2018
More information coming soon.