Following an extensive national search, Georgina Dodge has been named Bucknell University's new associate provost for diversity, equity & inclusion. Dodge comes from the University of Iowa where, since 2010, she was chief diversity officer, associate vice president and Title IX coordinator. Dodge, who also will hold the title of adjunct associate professor of English, joins Bucknell on Aug. 1.
Dodge played an important role in positively shaping the University of Iowa's culture and was a strong advocate for the rights of all members of the Iowa community, according to a statement from the university.
"Georgina's record demonstrates that she is a fearless, values-based advocate who understands how matters of diversity, equity and inclusion operate in a university setting," said Bucknell Provost Barbara Altmann. "Her academic background and her real gift for addressing and working with a broad range of audiences make her exactly the right person to step into this position at Bucknell."
Dodge found the opportunity attractive because of "the potential to work with colleagues who appreciate the challenge of inclusion but are ready to face those challenges through coordinated strategies and collaboration. By helping to further develop the skills that all members of our community need to succeed in an increasingly global society, I hope to make a positive impact that will inform interactions in the immediate community and beyond."
Before her work at Iowa, Dodge spent 14 years at the Ohio State University, where she provided leadership supporting the success of under-represented students, faculty and staff through the Office of Minority Affairs and was assistant vice provost, among other positions, including assistant professor of English.
Dodge, who is a Navy veteran, earned an A.A. from Golden West Community College; a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine; and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She speaks frequently around the country on diversity and leadership issues.
Reporting to the provost and serving on the Provost's Council, Dodge will oversee five campus organizations, including the Office of Accessibility Resources; the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender; the Office of Civic Engagement; the Griot Institute for Africana Studies; and the Teaching & Learning Center. She will also serve on the President's Diversity Council, which in 2014 embarked on a five-year Diversity Plan for Bucknell.
"I am impressed by the current diversity plan and look forward to advancing its objectives and building on them," said Dodge. "The focus on student success provides an opportunity to advance the work of inclusion through a sense of shared purpose that will benefit all members of the campus and the community."
"Georgina will be a major force in realizing further progress on our Diversity Plan," Altmann said. The plan embraces the concept of diversity as necessary for achieving a vibrant, inclusive community that reflects the world beyond Bucknell, challenges and encourages the broadening of perspectives and worldviews, and helps prepare students to make valuable contributions as citizens of a diverse, globally integrated world.
Dodge succeeds Professor Atiya Stokes-Brown, political science, who served as interim associate provost for diversity after the departure of Bridget Newell in fall 2016. Newell was the first incumbent in the position that was established in 2012.
"With Georgina's hire, we changed the title of the position to include equity and inclusion along with diversity," said Altmann. "I know she will help broaden our definitions and understanding of all three of those imperatives."