2020 Diverse Emerging Scholar Dr. Donald ‘DJ’ Mitchell, Jr. has been appointed Bellarmine University’s first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, the institution said. He will assume his new role on June 1.
Mitchell will also continue in his faculty appointment as professor of higher education leadership and chair of Bellarmine’s master’s in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice program.
“Since student success is our primary goal, making sure we become more inclusive and equitable as our community becomes more diverse is critical,” said Mitchell.
Since January 2019, Mitchell has co-chaired the university President’s Advisory Board on Equity and Inclusion, which develops and reviews Bellarmine’s policies around hiring, training and bias reporting for students, faculty and staff.