President Bounds announces new NU diversity officer

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University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced today the appointment of Stancia Whitcomb Jenkins as NU’s associate to the president and assistant vice president for diversity, access and inclusion.

Jenkins, who brings more than a decade of experience in higher education leadership roles that have required strategic planning and execution of diversity-related efforts, began her new role on Tuesday.

Stancia Whitcomb Jenkins

She will report to Bounds and will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies, programs and activities to enhance access, inclusion and retention of a diverse student body, faculty and staff.

Jenkins will focus especially on enhancing access and inclusion within the university’s core missions of teaching, research and service, working in collaboration with colleagues in the President’s Office and diversity officers across the NU campuses.

Whitcomb Jenkins’ specific duties at NU will include:

  • Monitoring and communicating national trends and the development of laws, policies and regulations affecting diversity and equity in higher education.
  • Developing a process to address complaints of unequal or disparate treatment and identifying significant trends.
  • Working with the campuses to obtain funding from major foundations and federal agencies to support diversity and inclusion programming.
  • Collaborating with NU’s assistant vice president for P-16 initiatives on efforts to help students succeed from preschool through college.

In an email sent Thursday to the NU community Present Bounds said:

“The University of Nebraska must be a great place to learn and work. That starts with making certain that all members of the university community feel that we value them, that we are listening to them and that this is an institution that puts its commitment to inclusion and equal opportunity into action every day.”

Bounds continued, “At a time when higher education plays an increasingly important role in individual and economic success, we must ensure that the impact of the University of Nebraska is felt by the wide diversity of stakeholders we serve. Stancia Whitcomb Jenkins has a demonstrated record of success in enhancing access and inclusion. I look forward to her leadership of important initiatives that serve our students, faculty and staff, and Nebraskans.”

Whitcomb Jenkins’ most recently served as assistant vice chancellor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Division of Advancement, a role she had held since 2006. At Missouri, she led collaborative efforts focused on climate improvement, strategic planning, recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and workforce, and positioning the institution internally and in the community as one that embraces diversity and inclusion.

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