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The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement and Diversity was created in 2016 under the leadership of Provost Diermeier and President Zimmer. This Office focuses broadly on the lifecycle of a faculty member supporting faculty at all stages of their careers to help faculty maintain and build academic excellence. The Academic Leadership and Advancement program includes special tracks that focus on issues of particular concern to new faculty, faculty of color, and academic leadership. In addition to a campus-wide faculty development program, the Office also supports the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program and the Neubauer Family Assistant Professors Program.

The Office for Academic Leadership, Advancement and Diversity works across the institution on issues of diversity and inclusion. We define diversity broadly including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability status, nationality, veteran status and politics. In this capacity, we support the Center for Identity + Inclusion, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. The Office also works closely with the College, UChicagoGRAD, and the Office of Spiritual Life to foster a climate that supports full participation of the University’s members in the academic and professional life of the campus.

In Autumn 2017, the University of Chicago launched a campus-wide initiative on diversity and inclusion.