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Tyrone A. Forman Appointed Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor

It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Tyrone A. Forman as Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor. Dr. Forman joins our community from Emory University, where he is a sociology professor and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race & Difference, a university-wide institute fostering new knowledge, teaching and public dialogue on race and intersecting dimensions of human difference. Dr. Forman, who previously served on UIC's faculty from 2000-2008, will assume his new position January 1, 2014, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.  He will also hold a faculty appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Forman's rich set of experiences uniquely qualify him to ensure that UIC's efforts to advance diversity are well-coordinated, broad, strategic, and effective.  A well-respected sociologist and leading expert in the study of race relations, intergroup attitudes, and inequality in the United States, Dr. Forman's innovative research has been published widely in academic journals.  His work has received financial support from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Fletcher Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.  He is the recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships, including the 2012 Oliver Cromwell Cox Best Article Award from the American Sociological Association and a 2011-12 fellowship at Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.  He is Book Review Editor for the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and serves on the editorial board of Social Problems.  Dr. Forman earned his BA from Vassar College, his MA from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Forman is also a well-regarded academic administrator who has an outstanding record of success leading efforts to build a more diverse, collaborative, and inclusive university community. In recognition of his leadership in this area Emory University honored him with the 2010-2011 "We are Emory" 100 Community Builders Award.  In January he was named one of "20 People to Watch" by a local Atlanta magazine for his success in developing and administering programs that enhance interactions between Emory and the diverse communities in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

As Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, Dr. Forman will lead the Office of Diversity and be UIC's Chief Diversity Officer, overseeing UIC's strategic efforts in advancing diversity, equity, and access as fundamental components underpinning all aspects of university life. As outlined in the university's diversity strategic plan, A Mosaic for UIC Transformation, Dr. Forman's responsibilities will include providing leadership and planning oversight for diversity, including advising and consulting with the Provost and Chancellor on matters related to diversity; fostering a supportive university climate for faculty, staff and students; coordinating and partnering with campus units and departments to manage and lead campus-wide efforts to ensure that attention to diversity is at the core of all of UIC's activities, including the creation of knowledge, formulation and implementation of evaluation methods and systems of accountability; serving as an advocate that provides a voice and influence in academic and campus administrative leadership decision-making; developing dynamic links with the local community and alumni groups to advance engagement of critical diversity issues; coordinating and managing UIC's diversity resources and infrastructure; and representing UIC to local, regional and national constituencies.

We are very grateful to and commend the search committee co-chairs, Drs. Victoria Chou and Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, and the members of the search committee (listed below) for their dedicated work. We would also like to thank Dr. Mrinalini "Meena" Rao, who served as Interim Vice Provost for over a year, and Dr. Charu Thakral, who has taken responsibility for leading the office until Dr. Forman's arrival.


Paula Allen-Meares
John Corbally Presidential Professor

Lon S. Kaufman
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost


Search Committee for the Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor:

Victoria Chou (co-chair)
Dean Emerita
College of Education

Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar (co-chair)
Head and Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy

Megan Carney
Gender and Sexuality Center

Ralph Cintron
Associate Professor
Department of English and Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Wenji Guo
Undergraduate Student
Department of Biological Sciences

Janis Hayden
Assistant to Dr. Campbell/Business Manager Department of Restorative Dentistry

Rita M. Hodge
Former Director (retired)
Native American Support Program

Danny B. Martin
Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction Professor; Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

Alicia Matthews
Associate Professor
Department of Health Systems Science

Linda Rae Murray (Alumni Representative) Chief Medical Officer Cook County Department of Public Health

Michael Pagano
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Barbara Ransby
Departments of African American Studies, History, and Gender and Women's Studies Director, Social Justice Initiative

Mrinalini "Meena" Rao
Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Philip L. Vasquez
Associate Director
Student Development Services

William Walden
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Medicine Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

UIC has a strong commitment to serve its highly diverse community. As such, UIC especially welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who would enrich the University’s research, teaching, and Great Cities’ mission. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.