Rojas to head diversity efforts

In the newly created role of chief diversity officer, Juan Armando Rojas Joo will guide the implementation of Ohio Wesleyan’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policy and serve as a resource for related topics, including educational, facilities, and human resources-related issues, such as employee recruitment and retention.

A member of the faculty since 2004, Rojas also is a professor of modern foreign languages and will continue to serve as the University’s associate dean of diversity and inclusion.

“Ohio Wesleyan is fortunate to have Dr. Rojas as our first chief diversity officer,” said President Rock Jones. “The University will be well-served by his deep passion for these issues and his commitment to supporting the further development of a campus culture that values every form of diversity and welcomes all people.”

Said Rojas: “I plan to explore and strategize ways to improve organizational culture and existing policies with the goal of creating a more comprehensive academic environment for students, faculty, and staff from under-represented groups.”

Rojas recently wrote a chapter in the forthcoming book Valley of Hope: Campus Diversity Triumphs titled “Advocating for a Diversity and Inclusion Commitment at Liberal Arts Colleges: Essential Conversations in the Role of the Chief Diversity Officer.” In addition, he has been accepted into the 2018-2019 Senior Leadership Academy of the Council of Independent Colleges.

Learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion at OWU at owu.edu/diversity.


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