The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan will make its new home in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts—headed by incoming director Tabbye M. Chavous. This new partnership with LSA will provide NCID with a permanent academic home from which it will continue to offer interdisciplinary and collaborative work to promote diversity both on campus and off.
“We’re excited to integrate NCID into LSA, fostering richer collaborative relationships between the center’s important work and the scholarship already happening across campus,” says LSA Dean Andrew D. Martin.
Created in 2005, NCID aims to bring together and equip leaders from a variety of social networks to engage deeply with the challenges and opportunities of diversity. Previously housed in the Office of the Provost, NCID works to promote cross-disciplinary research, has created a network of over 400 scholars across the nation, and holds national meetings to promote scholarship-to-practice discussions.
“NCID has been a key national voice in promoting a forum for discussing and finding solutions to many of the most difficult challenges related to diversity, equity, and inclusion facing our society,” says Chavous. “I am excited as we begin the next chapter of NCID in its development and growth as the nexus for innovative, multidisciplinary scholarship on diversity, equity, and access by U-M faculty and students.”
The move will allow LSA to promote cross-disciplinary research and scholarship development by engaging in its direct production, supporting the work of others, and disseminating promising, evidence-based findings from affiliated scholars, faculty, and graduate students.
“Although the new administrative location within LSA provides myriad opportunities to directly serve more students and faculty, the center will continue to engage faculty and students from all U-M schools and colleges and further advance its role as a national presence and leader around diversity in scholarship, policy, and engagement,” says Chavous.
Chavous is also the associate dean for academic programs and initiatives at Rackham Graduate School and a professor of education and psychology. Her research has included race, gender, and academic identity development processes among adolescents and college students, supporting positive transitions to secondary schooling and higher education among ethnic minority students, and diversity and multicultural organizational climates within secondary and higher education settings.