S1-D Innovating with Diversity Councils: How External Diversity Councils Strengthen Your D&I Results
About Lee Gill
In March 2008, Mr. Gill was appointed as The University of Akron's, Akron, Ohio, first Associate Vice President for Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity Officer. In that role, he directs outreach efforts to diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and community members to develop mentoring programs, workshops, and seminars that raise cultural awareness, expand cultural competencies, and bring about a greater understanding and valuing of differences in people. In addition to this, he leads broad discussions about the need for a new or revised Inclusive Excellence policy; designing and implementing strategies to recruit and retain a diverse pool of students, faculty, and staff members; and assesses learning outcomes related to Inclusive Excellence. For two years in a row, (2011 and 2012), his University Diversity Council received national recognition by being named in the top Diversity Councils in the nation. In 2012, the University of Akron was selected in the top 48 colleges and university throughout the United States to receive the Excellence in Diversity Award.
He serves on numerous boards of directors including the NCORE Advisory Board, (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education,) the National Conference of Artists, he served on the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial Project Board to review the artistic vision track the construction of the Memorial which officially opened on October 16, 2011. In July 2011, he was named President of the Ohio Diversity Officers Collaborative (ODOC).