Archie W. Ervin Ph.D. is vice president of Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (IDEI) and chief diversity officer at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served as Georgia Tech’s inaugural vice president for IDEI since 2010. Prior to his appointment at Georgia Tech, Ervin served as associate provost and chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1999 to 2010.
At Georgia Tech, he is a member of the president’s cabinet and is responsible for identifying institutional priorities, policies, programs, and initiatives that advance the Institute’s inclusive excellence agendas for faculty, staff, and student populations. Institute Diversity oversees Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program; Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology; GoSTEM Hispanic/Latino/a outreach grant; LGBTQIA Resource Center; and the recently established Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion and Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement units. His office oversees and offers Implicit Bias Workshops for faculty serving on search, promotion, retention, and tenure committees; Leading Women@Tech program for staff women leaders; and Inclusive Leaders Academy for staff and research leaders.
Additionally, Ervin serves as the president’s liaison for ensuring compliance with Federal Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity laws and regulations, and chairs the implementation committees for two institutional initiatives: Black Student Experience Task Force and Gender Equity Initiatives. Under his leadership, Georgia Tech is a four-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT into Diversity.
Ervin was recently re-elected to his second two-year term (2018-2020) as president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), the largest professional association of higher education chief diversity officers with a membership of more than 600 professionals representing more than 250 colleges/universities. He is a founding member of NADOHE and has served continuously as either a board member and/or officer since its inception. NADOHE is the preeminent voice and thought leader for inclusive excellence in U.S. higher education.
Ervin is a nationally recognized expert and commentator on strategic planning and evaluation for diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. In addition to regularly presenting at national conferences, he provides consulting services to higher education institutions and private sector organizations on climate assessments and has conducted climate assessments for two nationally ranked U.S. universities.
Ervin earned his Ph.D. in educational organizations and policy studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999. You can follow him on Twitter @EDIADVOCATE.