Moving Beyond the Emergence of the CDO

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Journal of Diversity in Higher Education


diversity initiatives, leadership, chief diversity officer, CDO


Comments on an article by R. A. Leon on the role of the chief diversity officer (CDO) in higher education. M. R. Stevenson suggests that the article is a groundbreaking publication, representing a milestone in what he hopes will become a vigorous and rich conversation about the value a successful CDO can bring to a college or university. Stevenson raises what he believes to be important questions relevant to this research that arise out of his own experience as a leader of diversity-related initiatives and are informed by his service in various leadership roles.