About

Dr. Denise O’Neil Green began her position as Ryerson University’s inaugural Assistant Vice President/ Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) on September 1, 2012. With over 20 years of administrative and teaching experience, along with expertise in diversity research, Dr. Green provides leadership, advocacy, expertise and coordination of initiatives that identify, educate and address systemic barriers at Ryerson University. Couple with this, she leads her team in fostering a visible presence for EDI as integral components of teaching, learning, research and administrative functions for the entire Ryerson community.

Prior to this position, she was the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity at Central Michigan University (CMU), where she served as the Chief Diversity Officer for five years. In this capacity, she worked closely with deans and faculty on a variety of projects that ranged from minority faculty recruitment/retention to pipeline programs. She advanced curricular initiatives, spearheaded implementation of the diversity plan, secured 1.6 million in grant funding for first generation college student initiatives, and developed the intergroup dialogue program. She oversaw the Office of Multicultural Academic Student Services, the Office of Diversity Education, Native American Programs, Pre-College Programs, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Services, and opened the new Center for Inclusion and Diversity, a facility that showcases the growing importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion on CMU’s campus.

Before taking on the role of CMU's Chief Diversity Officer, she was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Educational Psychology and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Educational Organization and Leadership. While at Illinois, Dr. Green taught graduate courses on race, class and gender in higher education and was named on the Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. She was also principal investigator for the Ford Foundation project, Documenting the Differences Diversity Makes.

Dr. Green’s dedication to Diversity and Inclusion has had an impact beyond her campus communities, resonating within academic circles. She has authored/co-authored numerous journal articles, book chapters and papers on diversity and higher education, qualitative methods, and student success. She co-authored The Case for Affirmative Action on Campus: Concepts of Equity, Considerations for Practice and Leveraging New Media as Social Capital for Diversity Officers: A How-To Guide for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Professionals Seeking to Use Social Media to Carve a Niche in the Social Networking Space in Cutting-Edge Technologies and Social Media Use in Higher Education.  She is also Executive Editor of InstitutionalDiversityBlog.com.

Dr. Green earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Public Policy from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago.

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