Chief Diversity Officer

To help maintain a diverse and welcoming community for all of us who share in it, the chief diversity officer (CDO) serves in a senior administrative position as an advisor, advocate, and institutional resource to promote equity and inclusion in every aspect of educational, residential, and professional life at Middlebury College.

Our current CDO is Professor of Spanish Miguel Fernández ‘85. As CDO, he works with others on campus to lead, coordinate, facilitate, and sometimes supervise formal college activities in an effort to create an inclusive and academically rewarding environment for all.

The CDO performs several essential functions:

  • Serves on the president’s senior leadership team and contributes to strategic institutional discussions and planning.
  • Collaborates with campus colleagues to identify policies and practices supporting the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups.
  • Represents Middlebury College on the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) executive committee and collaborates with the provost to implement best practices from this project.
  • Serves as liaison to the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers consortium (LADO).
  • Serves as liaison to the Posse Foundation for Middlebury College, working with the dean of the faculty to identify and recruit Posse mentors and supervising the Posse program on campus.
  • Builds and supports initiatives, policies, and practices that promote a culture of inclusion, support full participation, and foster conversations that promote open dialogue and raise sensitive, and, at times, uncomfortable topics.
  • Defines and creates new structures to ensure effective collaboration of students, faculty, and staff working on diversity and equity issues across campus.
  • Expands and deepens discussions about the value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and related issues in our curriculum, mentoring and advising programs, pedagogical approaches, research, and service.
  • Consults on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion with directors, faculty, and staff of the Language Schools, Bread Loaf School of English, Schools Abroad, and Middlebury Institute.