Search for the Director of the Racial Justice and Equitable Futures Center

Cornell University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director, Racial Justice and Equitable Futures Center.

In July of 2020 President Pollack charged the Faculty Senate to develop a proposal for a center that further strengthens our research and education on systems and structures that perpetuate racism and inequality, and on policies and interventions that break that cycle. On April 30, 2021, the Faculty Senate passed Resolution 163 in support of the creation of a Center for Racial Justice and Equitable Futures, and the President and Provost began the process to establish the Center.

A search committee has been formed, and will be assisted by Isaacson Miller, an executive search firm. Although Isaacson Miller will assist in this process, nominations of potential candidates play an essential role. As such, if you would like to nominate an individual(s) who might merit consideration by the committee, please send names to

The Director will be responsible for further developing the capacity of the center to serve as a central node that connects and amplifies scholarship on racism, indigeneity, ethnicity, and bias currently distributed across a university-wide network of 25+ related units and beyond, to effect change off-campus through research and teaching on-campus.

The committee will work quickly to develop a position announcement, which, once finalized, will be posted below.

Any comments or questions relative to the search, can be sent to the confidential search mailbox:

In this section:

Search Committee

Name Title
Avery August (co-chair) Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Presidential Advisor for Diversity and Equity, Chair
Colleen Barry (co-chair) Dean of the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy
Anthony Burrow Ferris Family Associate Professor of Life Course Studies, Psychology; Director, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research; and Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension, College of Human Ecology
Derek Chang Associate Professor, History and Asian American Studies, Arts and Sciences
Michelle Duguid Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, SC Johnson College of Business
Linda Gadsby ’88 ILR; New York University JD ’92, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer of NBME - National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia, PA
Neil Lewis Assistant Professor, Communication, Agriculture and Life Sciences
Alejandro Madrid Professor Music, Arts and Sciences
Jamila Michener Associate Dean for Public Engagement, Brooks School; co-Director, Cornell Center for Health Equity; Associate Professor, Government
Anuli OnonyePresident, Student Assembly; Senior in Arts and Sciences
Jolene Rickard Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Studies, Arts and Sciences; Affiliated Faculty, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP)
Rachel Riedl Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; John S. Knight Professor of International Studies, Arts and Sciences and Brooks School
Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò Chair, Africana Studies and Research Center; Professor of African Political Thought, Arts and Sciences