We write to announce that Dr. Tyrone Forman, Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity, has informed us of his desire to return to the faculty to pursue his program of research on the nature and social consequences of intergroup prejudice and discrimination, effective August 15.
We are thankful for all of his hard work for UIC over the past three and half years, and we are proud of what has been accomplished under his leadership in making UIC a place where students, staff and faculty feel welcome and can openly express their identities.
As Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity, Tyrone developed an implementation strategy for UIC’s Diversity Strategic Plan, which led to the establishment of the Arab American Cultural Center and the creation of the positions of the Associate Director for Equity and Inclusion and the Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Community Engagement. He also contributed to the University’s effort to obtain federal re-designation as an Asian American, Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, as well as designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Under his leadership, the Office of Diversity launched a university-wide inclusive language campaign called “Words Matter!” to promote awareness and intellectual engagement with the impact our language has on others and our responsibility to promote inclusion. In partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning Communities, the Office of Diversity developed and conducted workshops on promoting an inclusive classroom and identifying and addressing microaggression.
The Office of Diversity, in partnership with the Office of Institutional Research, created a rich array of data sources and metrics (e.g. Diversity Profile and Diversity at a Glance) and built a strong foundation for data-driven decision-making that will serve us well moving forward. As a result of these accomplishments, UIC has garnered national recognition as a leader among its peer institutions in advancing access, equity, and inclusion. UIC twice received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education – a national honor bestowed upon universities that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Please join us in thanking Tyrone for his strategic leadership in fostering a more equitable and inclusive university environment and wishing him every success in his research endeavors. A national search will be underway to identify his successor.
Michael D. Amiridis
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs