Message from the Chief Diversity Officer

Our mission is to promote the Jesuit and Catholic ideals of social justice and service by nurturing the dignity of all people in creating an inclusive and generative multicultural academic community. 

At Gonzaga, we nurture the dignity of all people to create an inclusive and increasingly multicultural academic community. This commitment to diversity is part of who we are as a University, and it reflects our deeply rooted Jesuit and Catholic ideals of social justice and service.

To create a diverse and inclusive community, we encourage dialogue, intellectual exchange and solidarity. We work to create a learning environment that promotes cultural engagement, enriches mindfulness, fosters a sense of belonging, and challenges systems of privilege and oppression.

See how Gonzaga is progressing toward a more diverse and inclusive campus.

Meet Dr. Robin Kelley, Our Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Robin Kelley, Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Robin Kelley is currently the Chief Diversity Officer for Gonzaga University and leads the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is a transformational equity, diversity, and inclusion leader. For over 22 years, she has served as a senior higher education administrator in the roles of Associate Vice Provost of Equity and Equal Opportunity at North Carolina State University, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at Iowa State University, and Assistant Director of Equity, Diversity, and inclusion as well as Assistant Director of Employee Relations at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Kelley's experience outside of higher education includes independent consulting for Kelley Consulting Firm, of which she is the founder.

Dr. Kelley has presented for numerous groups and higher education conferences such as the 2021 American Association of Colleges & Universities Conference on Diversity, Equity and Student Success, the Black Women in Higher Education Leaders Forum, Association of Title IX Administrators ATIXA, University of North Carolina System annual Title IX Coordinators’ and Clery Administrators’ Conference and Retreat, State University of New York Research Foundation, the Triangle Society for Human Resources Management TSHRM, and the National Diversity Council.

She holds a Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University in higher education administration with an educational leadership emphasis. She earned a Masters’ degree, Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York at-Buffalo, and a B.S. in Economics and Finance from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a graduate of the American Council on Education, ACE, Women Leadership Forum. Dr. Kelley holds a Diversity Management Certificate from Cornell University ILR School, and several certifications and professional credentials in the disciplines of program evaluation/assessment, equity, diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity, bias incidence response, restorative practices, Affirmative Action, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, mediation, sexual harassment/sexual misconduct, employee/labor relations, mediation, EEO investigations, and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Dr. Kelley is a member of a number civil and professional organizations including the National Diversity Officers In Higher Education (NADOHE), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA), Triangle Society for Human Resource Management (TSHRM) Board Member (Diversity Chair), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), National Diversity Council, and the Urban League, State University of New York at Buffalo Alumni Association.

Our Mission

At Gonzaga University diversity affirms our faith-inspired commitment to an inclusive community where human differences thrive within our living, working and learning environment. We seek to nourish difference in our community characterized by mutual respect and the sustainable creation of a campus climate that attracts and retains students, faculty and staff members from diverse backgrounds.

In this context our human differences contribute to the richness of our academic community life. These differences grace us individually as human beings and collectively as a Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic university striving to fulfill our Mission.

As a community of life-long learners for the common good, we are bound together in dialogue. In this belonging the more we explore our similarities and differences, the stronger our relationships and understanding become. Gonzaga University Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion sets very intentional goals for ourselves to help us become an inclusive, empathetic, and empowering multicultural institution.

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