Luther College names new dean for institutional equity and inclusion
Monday, March 20, 2017 7:08 AM
Luther College President Paula Carlson has announced the appointment of Lloren Foster as dean for institutional equity and inclusion.
Foster will begin his service at the college later this spring.
"I am looking forward to working with Dr. Foster, whose education, perspective and experience will help promote a culture of inclusion at Luther," said President Carlson.
"Our mission statement calls us, 'as people of all backgrounds,' to high aspirations for learning and living in community. We are excited for Dr. Foster to work with students, faculty, staff and the Decorah community to advance us toward our goals of becoming an evermore diverse and welcoming community."
Foster will serve as the first dean for institutional equity and inclusion at the college, a re-visioning of the former position of executive director of the Diversity Center. As a member of the senior administrative leadership team, Foster will provide key leadership and a strong voice on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across the college.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Luther College community as the dean for institutional equity and inclusion, and I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff and alumni," said Foster.
Foster served as executive director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs at the University of Florida in Gainesville from 2015 to 2016. He previously served as assistant director of the African American Studies Program and assistant professor of African American Studies at Western Kentucky University from 2009 to 2015, where in addition to his teaching duties he coordinated grants and served as a moderator, facilitator, adviser and mentor to several groups on campus.
From 2003 to 2009, Foster served as assistant professor of English at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., co-chairing the General Education Curriculum Revision Task Force and serving as a presenter, consultant and adviser to a variety of groups at the college.
Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Chicago State University and a doctoral degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
At Luther, Foster will be responsible for leading and assessing initiatives to enhance diversity on campus; developing strategies to ensure the college is a diverse and welcoming community; coordinating with leadership across campus to enhance diversity and equity as a means of academic excellence; serving as an advocate for students, faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups; and working with the college and Decorah communities to enhance the academic and social climate for students and employees.
He will also oversee the college's Diversity Center and serve as a member of the college-wide Diversity Council.
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