Eloisa Gordon-Mora has been appointed University Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the University of Nevada, Reno, President Marc Johnson announced.
Gordon-Mora has had a distinguished career in academics and administration as well as in the world of non-profit organizations which partner with underrepresented groups.
"With Dr. Gordon-Mora's appointment, our University enters a new and exciting time," Johnson said. "We must continue to strengthen our campus as well as the learning, living and working environment that we offer here through initiatives and ideas that will help us more productively listen, reflect, collaborate and understand one another. Dr. Gordon-Mora brings a deep and nuanced knowledge of how diversity and inclusion can help drive institutions to excellence in these key areas."
Added Gordon-Mora: "Throughout my over 25 years of experience as a higher education administrator, political scientist and non-profit sector leader, equity, inclusion and diversity have been, and continue to be, at the center of my professional and personal concerns. Given the serious current challenges not only across university campuses but, as a reflection of the nation and the globe as a whole, it is with enormous anticipation, as well as a sense of profound responsibility, that I take on the position of University Diversity and Inclusion officer at the University of Nevada, Reno. My deepest sense of gratitude to President Johnson, the search committee and everybody I have met thus far, all magnificent testimony of all that has been accomplished. I am looking forward to start reaching out to the University community - students, faculty, staff, administrators - and other Reno and Nevada stakeholders to continue the work."
From 2007-2015, Gordon-Mora was the Dean of the School of Social Science, Humanities and Communications at Universidad Ana G. Méndez in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 2015-2017 she was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She returned to Universidad Ana G. Méndez to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, as Director of Special Projects in 2018, focusing on general education, diversity and citizenship.
During her time at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, she provided leadership in the School of Social Science, Humanities and Communications' undergraduate programming and in the development of new graduate programs within the university system. As Provost at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon, she developed a comprehensive academic vision focused on innovation, excellence and social responsibility. As Vice President for Government Affairs for New York State's largest victim assistance non-profit organization, Safe Horizon, Inc., Gordon-Mora was instrumental in developing the organization's advocacy agenda, centering on diversity and addressing such issues as domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness and human trafficking. She also has served as executive director of the Daphne Foundation, a community-oriented organization in New York City which aids neighborhoods facing discrimination, violence and poverty, as well as executive director of El Barrio Popular Education Program, a New York City-based literacy and adult education program for low-income Latinas. Gordon-Mora's research agenda includes democratic theory, higher education, diversity and inclusion, social violence and marginality. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science and her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Notre Dame, and her B.A. in Political Science from Rockhurst University.
The University Diversity and Inclusion Officer serves as the institution's executive-level strategist responsible for guiding practices and creating opportunities to define, assess, and promote inclusive excellence, access, and cultural proficiency for faculty, students and staff. Gordon-Mora will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of a diversity and inclusion strategic plan in consultation with students, faculty, staff and administration. She will also engage community constituents through outreach efforts that will engender a strong sense of trust, fairness, respect and understanding of the University's commitment to inclusion and equality. She will serve as a central source and point of coordination and communication for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs, and will oversee the budget and staff of the Office of the University Diversity and Inclusion Officer. She will report directly to the Office of the President and will be a member of the President's Council (vice presidents and other campus-wide leaders) and the Academic Leadership Council (vice provosts and deans).