Two Candidates Selected to Serve as Fellows in Cohort 4 of NADOHE's Chief Diversity Officer Fellows Program (CDOFP) for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
CONTACT: Debra S. Nolan, CAE
Phone: 561-472-8479
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NORTH PALM BEACH, FL. - March 31, 2017 - The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) is pleased to announce the names of the two candidates selected to participate in Cohort 4 of NADOHE's Chief Diversity Officer Fellows Program (CDOFP) for the 2017-2018 academic year. They are Angela Allen, Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas; and Jessica Cruz, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan. 

Angela Allen

Jessica Cruz

The CDOFP is a professional leadership/mentorship program for new and early career Chief Diversity Officers. The goal of the one academic year CDOFP is to provide the Fellow with mentoring by a senior level CDO and guided professional development experiences. Every Fellow will:

Engage in and sustain a Mentor/Fellow relationship with a senior level Chief Diversity Officer based on mutual trust and professional respect. 

Design with the Mentor an individualized CDO Leadership Enrichment and Achievement Plan (LEAP) for the Fellowship Year to include the plans, goals, objectives, activities, campus site visits, a special project with at least one major deliverable, and a budget plan for use of the award.

Visit the Mentor's campus for 2-3 days for on-site learning and enrichment experiences.

Observe the leadership styles of individuals at the host institution, including their strategies, outcomes, effectiveness, and how they interact with and impact one another from these four frames of managing organizational change: structural, human resources, political, and symbolic.

Develop and implement a special project with tangible outcomes to benefit the Fellow as CDO and/or the institution.

Present to the NADOHE Board of Directors during the NADOHE Annual Conference about the CDOFP year, incorporating the special project, and its outcomes.

Participate in a CDOFP assessment.  

Become part of the CDOFP Alumni network, participate in Alumni activities, and serve for at least one year following program completion as a resource to new Fellows via telephone or other technology.

In addition to visiting their mentor's campus, the Mentor will also visit the Fellow's campus to better understand the diversity issues and challenges facing the Fellow.

NADOHE President Archie W. Ervin notes, "We are delighted to offer this important opportunity for a new and/or early career Chief Diversity Officer to obtain real time guidance and on the ground learning from a more senior colleague. The goal is to enhance the Fellows' professional knowledge and experience in order to stimulate strategic thinking and advance outcomes at their home institutions."

NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education. Its vision is to lead higher education towards inclusive excellence through institutional transformation. For more information about NADOHE, please call 561-472-8479 or visit