After a nationwide search, Gilda Garcia, director of equity and access at Texas State University in San Marcos, was named Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity at UNT.
Garcia's appointment is effective Oct.1.
"Ensuring that UNT is a campus rich in diversity, supportive of all peoples and ideas, and engaged in promoting experiences that celebrate the human experience is central to providing a world-class education that prepares tomorrow's leaders for our global society," UNT President Gretchen M. Bataille says. "It is clear that Dr. Garcia will serve us well, especially considering her breadth of experience and commitment to developing diversity awareness and appreciation on college campuses. I look forward to the years ahead."
Garcia says, "I am excited about being a part of the bold vision of UNT, through the leadership of Dr. Bataille, to increase the prominence of diversity in the academic environment. Integrating a diversity and inclusion perspective into our decision making at all levels provides a welcoming environment so all can do their best learning and work.
"This position will fully support UNT's mission of being a student-centered, emerging public research university."
Garcia will be responsible for advancing a campus climate of inclusion, providing strategic direction in recruiting and attracting diverse faculty and staff, and actively soliciting and managing new funding to support equity and inclusion initiatives. The position also will ensure the university responds to state and federal reporting and investigative requirements related to affirmative action, equal opportunity, ADA, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination.
The new Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity position incorporates the positions of vice president for senior administration and director of equal opportunity, both of which are currently vacant.
A 15-member committee, chaired by Tom Evensong, interim dean of UNT's College of Public Affairs and Community Service, began the nationwide search for the new vice president in February. The committee brought four candidates, including Garcia, to campus to interview and meet with members of the university community. The committee was made up of faculty, staff and students.
Garcia has served as director of equity and access at Texas State University for five years. She also has served as a diversity training consultant for Notations/J. Howard and Associates, associate director for the Governor's Center for Management Development at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and director of organizational development for the Texas Workers Compensation Commission. Garcia also has conducted diversity presentations for the Texas Diversity and Leadership Council.
While at Texas State University, Garcia:
- Chaired a university committee that wrote a five year diversity strategic plan including establishment of measures and an annual assessment process;
- Advised the university president and other officials on policy issues affecting affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity, inclusion, equity and access;
- Wrote EEO and related policies for the university, including affirmative action, illegal discrimination and sexual harassment;
- Designed and delivered diversity training and curriculum development skills based on adult education and human resource development principles;
- Assisted search committees in recruiting a diverse pool of applicants for faculty and staff positions;
- Wrote and distributed guidelines to integrate diversity, equity and access into the faculty hiring process with a targeted approach to rank and tenure considerations.
Garcia earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, a master of arts degree in educational administration from Texas State University and a doctorate in human resource development from the University of Texas, Austin.
UNT News Service Press Release
Rafael McDonnell can be reached at RMcDonnell@unt.edu.