Kevin McDonald is RIT's vice president for diversity and inclusion. He joined the university in 2010 after serving as vice president for equity and inclusion at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.
At RIT, McDonald will lead the university’s diversity initiatives, specifically on the broad issues of recruitment, retention and engagement of diverse faculty, staff and students.
At Virginia Tech, McDonald also served as the director of the Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. He held positions at several other universities, including as associate director, compliance and conflict resolution at Johns Hopkins University and campus compliance officer at the University of Maryland, College Park.
McDonald holds a law degree from Ohio State University and is in the process of completing his doctoral degree in Sociology-Africana Studies. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.
The APDI will be position concurrently held by the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at RIT and its creation is intended to form a deeper connection between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Division of Academic Affairs.
The APDI is a member of the Provost’s leadership team and will be an active participant in the Council of Deans, the Research Council, the International Education Council and other key leadership groups. In addition, the APDI will co--‐ chair the Academic Diversity Advisory Council with the provost.
Because the APDI will leverage resources in academic affairs as well as the office of the VP for Diversity and Inclusion, the following units will report to the APDI:
1. The Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention;
2. The Faculty Associates for AALANA and Women Mentoring;
3. Multicultural Academic Support Center (MCAS);
4. Future Stewards Initiative;
5. McNair Scholars
6. Diversity Assessment and Research;
7. Diversity Education.