Jul 29, 2015 | Atlanta, GA
Archie W. Ervin, vice president of Institute Diversity, was recently elected as the next president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). For the past nine years, Ervin had served in various leadership roles with NADOHE, and he is currently serving as second vice president of the organization.
As the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education, NADOHE’s vision is to lead colleges and universities toward inclusive excellence through institutional transformation.
“I am honored to serve as the next president of NADOHE, and as president I would build upon the accomplishments and extraordinary leadership that has guided NADOHE since its inception,” said Ervin.
As president of NADOHE, Ervin plans to address three key priorities: 1) solidify the organization’s business model to ensure long-term growth and financial sustainability; 2) implement a NADOHE-sanctioned chief diversity officer certification program; and 3) expand its sphere of influence within higher education and related sectors where diversity, equity, and inclusion are organizational priorities.
Immediately following the organization’s officer elections in July, senior diversity and international officers from universities across the U.S. visited Cuba as part of a NADOHE-sponsored weeklong educational trip to better understand race, gender, and culture in Cuban society. As reported in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, trip highlights included sessions with American students attending the Latin American Medical School and faculty from the University of Havana. This trip occurred one week before America and Cuba opened embassies in each other’s countries. “Cuba is a country of tremendous cultural heritage, and after this trip, I have a different understanding and better appreciation of the ‘Cuban experience,’” recounted Ervin.
Ervin regularly presents at national conferences and provides organizational consulting on diversity and inclusion strategies in higher education. In addition to NADOHE, he has served as the institutional representative with the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities. Prior to Georgia Tech, Ervin was the associate provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and chief diversity officer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.