S. Brooke Vick was recently named Swarthmore College's inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), as announced by President Valerie Smith on Wednesday, October 25.
Vick, who emerged from a national search that attracted a diverse pool of talented candidates, will assume the role on January 8.
In this newly created position, Vick will collaborate with members of the campus community to lead the development of a comprehensive, cohesive strategy that defines and advances the College’s DEI priorities and goals. She will report directly to Smith and will serve as a key strategic advisor and vital member of the College’s senior staff.
Vick brings many years of deep and varied experience to this new role. Currently, she serves as the chief diversity officer and associate provost for equity and inclusion at Muhlenberg College, where she is also an associate professor of psychology. There, she has developed institutional strategy and assessed progress toward fulfilling the college’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging goals; advanced initiatives to support faculty and staff development in inclusive practices; improved recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and staff; and partnered with the provost to support and advance strategic academic initiatives, policies, and processes for curriculum development and assessment.
Prior to Muhlenberg, Vick was an associate professor of psychology at Whitman College, where she taught classes such as The Psychology of Prejudice, Social Stigma, and Lab in Intergroup Relations. At Whitman, she partnered with the vice president for diversity and inclusion to research, develop, and oversee Whitman’s first diversity strategic planning process and implementation of diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives, as well as held other leadership roles. Vick holds a B.A. in psychology from Colorado College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from UC–Santa Barbara.