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Loyola University New Orleans Welcomes New Vice President of Equity and Inclusion

By Loyola University on Tue, 09/15/2020 - 08:30

(New Orleans, September 15, 2020) Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow is pleased to announce Dr. Kedrick Perry as the university’s new vice president of equity and inclusion. He starts work today.

In this newly expanded role, Dr. Perry will report directly to the president and provide clear leadership over the development and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion practices at Loyola. He will continue the hard work that has been done over the last two years to develop a Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence and add greatly to its scope, working to expand programming and ensure over time that Loyola’s great diversity is reflected in all aspects of university admissions, academic programs, campus culture and identity.

“I am honored and blessed to be able to work at Loyola in this capacity,” said Dr. Perry.  “I recognize the groundswell of support that my office has in the Loyola community and I look forward to increasing the visibility and capacity of the office, as well as our approaches for enhancing belongingness across campus.”

Named 7th in the nation for “race/class relations” in the Princeton Review’s “Best 386 Colleges” 2021 edition, Loyola New Orleans has a student body that includes more than 50 percent students of color and is diverse in every way.

“This is a time of real soul-searching for Loyola as an institution, as it is for the nation,” said President Tania Tetlow, a legal scholar who has written extensively on race and justice. “We grapple with these issues understanding that each of us must own this work.”

Before joining Loyola, Dr. Kedrick Perry served as head of diversity and outreach in the National Science Foundation’s Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science and executive director of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program at the University of California, Berkeley, building a pipeline of diverse graduate students in STEM.

“Dr. Perry’s colleagues describe him as a kind and energetic leader,” President Tetlow said in an email to the Loyola community. “With innovation and serious grant writing skills, he has built transformative programs and programming.”

Previously, Dr. Perry served as director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Suffolk University in Boston, where he prepared underrepresented, first-generation, and limited-income undergraduate students for graduate study.  Prior to that position, he worked in the Office of Graduate Student Diversity Programs at the University of Virginia, where he was committed to the recruitment, retention, mentoring, and graduation of a highly talented and diverse graduate student population. 

Dr. Perry received his doctorate in higher education from the University of Virginia, where he studied the effects of mentoring on underrepresented students. Dr. Perry also holds a Master of Public Administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A commitment to access, representation, equity and inclusion is central to the university’s Catholic, Jesuit mission.

“Our goal is to build and improve upon a culture that is consistent with our values, and we are thrilled to have Dr. Perry lead that effort,” President Tetlow said.