Welcome from the Chief Diversity Officer

Carmen Phelps

Dear Members of the NAU Campus Community, 

Welcome to a new academic year! 

 My name is Dr. Carmen Phelps, and I serve as the Chief Diversity Officer in the President’s Office here at NAU.  As a new member of the campus community, I am extremely excited to begin building relationships with faculty, students, administrators, and staff to advance NAU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion ideals.  Having served as an educator, administrator, and advocate for such ideals on many college campuses, I am dedicated to working with each of our diversity commissions as well as all members of our community to foster an environment that is supportive of all identities and populations represented on our campus.  As we do so, it will be important to acknowledge the lived experiences, challenges, and perspectives of all such groups toward the goal of building community, competency, and cultural understanding across “difference.”

One of the ways in which I will be engaging the campus community in the coming weeks will be through the facilitation of town hall meetings; during which faculty, students, administrators, and staff will be invited to discuss and document diversity-centered issues and concerns as well as campus accomplishments and advancements made in these areas – processes that will inform the composition of NAU’s first Diversity Strategic Plan, consistent with the institution’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion ideals.  Not only do I anticipate that such town halls will yield a great deal of information to be addressed in the Diversity Strategic Plan, but they will serve as valuable community-building processes as well.

I invite everyone to take part in the town hall meetings listed below, including dates and times for each session - all of which will take place in the Grand Canyon Room of the University Union.  For your convenience, please note that faculty/staff-only town halls are scheduled to take place during the day and that student-only town halls are scheduled for the evening. Food will be provided.

Finally, please continue to check the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage for updated information regarding diversity-centered resources and programs offered to the campus community.  I also invite you to contact me directly with ideas for programs, resources, or opportunities, which you believe might benefit our community as we strive to achieve our diversity-centered goals.

Have a productive and inspired start to the academic year - I look forward to working with you!


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