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UND appoints new diversity exec

Sandra Mitchell

Sandra Mitchell has been named as UND’s associate vice president for diversity and inclusion, the university said Tuesday afternoon.

She is expected to start July 14 and will be responsible for advancing diversity and planning related programs and initiatives, along with supervising diversity-related offices. These include Multicultural Student and American Indian Student services, the International Center, the Women’s Center and services for sexual minorities.

The position has not existed before at UND but university spokesman Peter Johnson said the creation of the position has been talked about for a few years.

Mitchell said in a news release that she is “very excited for this opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of faculty, staff, and students, and to help lead UND in this next exciting phase of its diversity initiatives.”

Before coming to UND, Mitchell was the chief diversity officer at Regis University in Denver for a decade and she also held multiple other administrative positions, according to UND. She was involved with the community and served on the Board of Mount Saint Vincent’s Children’s Home, the Colorado Network of Women Leaders and the Board of Trustees for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.

“We are delighted that Sandra Mitchell will be joining the UND community and devoting her considerable experience to strengthening and advance the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Provost Thomas DiLorenzo said in the news release.

Anna Burleson

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