Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. M. Begoña Caballero-García, associate professor of Spanish, began serving as Wofford’s first dean for diversity and inclusion in January 2018.
The dean for diversity and inclusion reports to the provost and is responsible for leading the college’s efforts to promote diversity and ensure inclusion in academic and co-curricular affairs. The dean for diversity and inclusion is responsible for leading strategic diversity and inclusion efforts that advance the college’s mission and vision; collaborating with campus constituencies and partners to design and implement initiatives that contribute to the diversity of Wofford’s faculty, staff and student body; leading the faculty and staff in creating and maintaining a campus culture of genuine inclusion; assisting in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, staff and students; supporting the efforts of Wofford faculty to enhance curricula – in both general education and in academic departments – in regard to diversity and inclusion; and serving as a resource for faculty and staff on diversity and inclusion.
Specific duties of the dean for diversity and inclusion include:
- Taking the 2017 Report of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion as a starting point, collaboration with faculty and staff colleagues in crafting strategies to increase and support curricular and co-curricular diversity.
- Designing and assisting the provost in implementing a sound strategy for the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty.
- Supporting faculty development around inclusive pedagogies.
- Close coordination and teamwork with the assistant dean of student affairs for diversity and leadership development in Wofford’s Office of Student Affairs and with the director of diversity and inclusion in the Office of Admission.
- Facilitation of intergroup/interpersonal dialogue around difficulties among members of the community, including faculty, staff and students.
- Collaboration with trained campus mediators when acute differences of understanding need to be addressed.
- Co-sponsorship of educational experiences, curricular and co-curricular, that foster student learning across difference.
- Collaboration with staff who support international students and who advise students who study in international and domestic off-campus programs.
- Leading and coordinating diversity planning, including identifying and creating new initiatives that demonstrate the college’s commitment to a welcoming, inclusive environment for all of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.
- Oversight of a budget for activities that promote diversity and inclusion, such as diversity training, guest speakers and workshops on inclusive pedagogies.
Dr. M. Begoña Caballero-García
Dean for diversity and inclusion, associate professor of Spanish