Dr. Archie Ervin currently serves as Georgia Tech’s Vice President for Institute Diversity. After a national search in 2009-2010, President G. P. “Bud” Peterson announced on October 5, 2010 the appointment of Dr. Ervin as Georgia Tech’s inaugural Vice President for Institute Diversity. As the inaugural Vice President for Institute Diversity, Dr. Ervin has established his vision for “inclusive excellence” at Georgia Tech, where the talent and potential of all members of the Institute’s community are leveraged to ensure excellence in scholarship, research and service to provide leadership in our complex world.
Dr. Ervin’s overarching operational responsibility as Vice President is to provide Institute level leadership and oversight for Georgia Tech’s diversity, equity and inclusion agendas. The Vice President for Institute Diversity is a member of the President’s Cabinet where he helps to set institutional priorities, policies, programs and initiatives to enhance gender, racial, ethnic and social diversity in its faculty, staff and student communities. The Vice President for Institute Diversity (VPID) oversees the Georgia Tech ADVANCE Professorships that seek to transform and enhance gender diversity in the faculty and the Center for Women, Science and Technology, headed by three senior faculties, which links the study of science and technology to those of gender, culture and society. The VPID Office is also responsible for OMED Education Services and the Office for Hispanic Initiatives; two support units that address academic transition and academic success (retention and graduation) for women, historically underserved and low populations.
Since arriving at Georgia Tech, Dr. Ervin has been engaged with assessing the Institute’s messaging and commitment to our inclusive excellence aspirations as outlined in our strategic plan. During his first nine months on the job, Dr. Ervin collaborated with the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of legal Counsel to conduct initial assessments and reviews of Institute’s communication strategies for Title IX, the federal law that addresses gender equity issues and sexual violence against women; the Americans a with Disabilities Act (amended in 1990); and federal equal opportunity laws. Most recently, Dr. Ervin has worked with the Institute’s Communications and Marketing Department to develop the first-ever Institute Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement that will be communication throughout the Institute in the beginning of January 2012.
In partnership with colleagues across academic and administrative units, Dr. Ervin has provided leadership for developing externally funded grants to address issues of access, retention, and academic success for historically underserved student communities and female faculty members. All academic and administrative units in the VPID Office are engaged with self-assessment activities that serve as initial steps toward the launch of an internal strategic planning process to identify the diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities for the next academic year.
A number of Institute-wide initiatives designed to identify implementation strategies to address the Georgia Institute of Technology’s strategic plan will be unveiled and launched in the spring 2012.