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Amanda Kim Appointed DePauw's First Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Amanda Kim Appointed DePauw's First Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

September 10, 2019

Amanda Kim, currently the senior advisor to the president for equity, diversity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, has been appointed vice president for diversity and inclusion at DePauw University.  In the newly created post, Dr. Kim will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external constituents to advance DePauw's commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion. She begins her duties October 7.

Kim earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and completed her post-doctorate fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified Title IX coordinator and civil rights investigator. She has been a Chief Diversity Officer Fellow for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).

"I am so pleased that Dr. Kim is able to join us at this important time in our history," said DePauw's 20th president, D. Mark McCoy. "Her appointment follows a comprehensive national search. The search committee, the cabinet and I were extremely impressed with her experience and her energy, and we look forward to welcoming her to campus."

"I am delighted to be joining DePauw University, a premier liberal arts institution, at such a pivotal moment," Kim stated. "With demographic shifts towards increasingly diverse communities (William H. Frey, Brookings Institution), the need for deeper understanding of one another across differences in identities and ideological perspectives is greater than ever. I'm humbled and excited to engage with the faculty, staff and students of DePauw on equity and inclusion efforts as part of the university's commitment to developing 'leaders the world needs.'"

Since joining St. Norbert in 2013, Dr. Kim has, among other responsibilities, managed the college's strategic plan for advancing institutional diversity and inclusion; chaired an institution-wide committee on equity, diversity and inclusion; launched and coordinated a Safe Space Ally program; and initiated recruitment and hiring initiatives for faculty. Kim brings to DePauw a wealth of experiences in academic and student affairs, as well as consulting and advocacy for diverse and underrepresented communities and cultural competence.

Kim previously served as director of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies (2005-11) where she was lead faculty for the international psychology Ph.D. program. She has served as a representative to the NCSPP (National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology) and as general secretariat for the Society for International Education, Training, Assessment and Research.

She has presented her work at conventions of the American Psychological Association, Association of Women Psychologists, Asian American Psychological Association, and to an international conference on diversity in the Netherlands as well as the National Conference on Race and Identity in Higher Education and the White Privilege Conference.

Kim has also been active in her community, chairing the board of the Brown County United Way in Green Bay, and serving on a consortium for diversity and inclusion efforts in Northeast Wisconsin, among other service.

As part of her role, Kim will provide strategic direction, leadership, and management oversight to campus inclusion efforts at DePauw's Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), the primary student-facing organization for these efforts. Announced in September 2016 after a more than $500,000 gift from 1995 DePauw graduates Justin P. and Darrianne Howard Christian, the Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports student identity-affinity organizations, offers cultural programming and services for students of color and international students, advocates for social justice and assists in fostering a safe and affirming campus climate for all students. It is located at the corner of Indiana and Hanna Streets.