Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Search

University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes has named Dr. Assata Zerai as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion.

“Dr. Zerai is a proven collaborative leader and advocate for inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility, and I’m excited to welcome her to The University of New Mexico,” said President Stokes. “I am confident that she will tap into UNM’s already vibrant and diverse culture, and engage with individuals across the university to build alliances, partnerships and collaborations that will strengthen our communities.”

Zerai, who will start her new position later this summer in August, brings a comprehensive approach to UNM. “I am so inspired by the faculty, students and staff, and am excited to learn more about the issues that are important to them, as well as what motivates their resilience during turbulent times. I look forward to working on behalf of students and scholars at The University of New Mexico who are ready to tackle the essential questions of humanity.”

“It is my hope that we will jointly make our contributions to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion. This will result in creating opportunity for so many, providing us the privilege of cultivating the genius of New Mexico’s communities. Our efforts will ultimately grow the university’s national and international reputation for scholarly excellence and innovation.”

Zerai was selected after a six-month search from a diverse pool of semi-finalists that visited the UNM campus in April. She met with a variety of institutional constituencies in open forums, giving the campus community an opportunity to engage and ask questions, as well as provide feedback to the search committee.

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