Dear TU colleagues,
Today marks an important step in our university’s path forward in truly becoming the diverse and inclusive campus community we all wish to share. I am pleased to announce that Kelaine F. “Kelli” McLoud-Schingen will join The University of Tulsa as interim executive director for diversity, equity and inclusion on Nov. 1. She will report directly to me. I would like to thank the search committee members who worked to recruit strong candidates for this critical role, review resumes and conduct interviews.
Kelli has a rich history working with DEI issues across the United States and internationally as well as in higher education, including at Texas A&M University, the University of Houston and the University of Minnesota, among others. More recently, she has operated her own Tulsa-based firm, KMS Intercultural Consulting, working on issues around inclusion, diversity, equity, access and social justice.
Kelli will play a vital role in TU’s commitment to educating people of diverse backgrounds and cultures and to advancing equity and inclusion. From recruitment of underrepresented groups to cultivating a diverse culture to actively listening to our campus members with compassion, she has much to offer to the TU community. Please join me in welcoming Kelli to our team.
As I have said, our campus and our society can and must do better. We will continue to learn. We will continue to have difficult conversations in order to better understand social and racial disparities, and we will act to address inequality and stamp out prejudice wherever it exists.
I invite you to attend our first virtual Town Hall of the academic year on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m., where several members of my leadership team will provide a broader university update.
Janet K. Levit