The University

Welcome new chief diversity officer

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Juan Nunez as the Chief Diversity Officer for the University of Massachusetts Boston, effective October 4, 2010. Juan has an impressive background in both private and public service. Most recently, he served as Regional Compliance Specialist and Diversity Manager at the State of New York Department of Transportation, and just prior to holding that position, he was the Assistant Vice President for Affirmative Action and Employee Relations at the Fashion Institute of Technology, a unit of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Juan is a recognized expert in employee relations, affirmative action, and diversity management and has extensive experience in performance management, complaint investigation, recruitment and retention, and training and development. He earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Mercy College and received a master’s degree in public administration from City University, John Jay College.

As Chief Diversity Officer, Juan will develop and implement a variety of positive, proactive programs that strengthen the campus’s tradition of, and promote a strategic and integrated approach to, diversity. Specifically, as Chief Diversity Officer, he will be responsible for advancing a campus climate that respects and supports the academic, social, and personal development of diverse faculty, staff, and students. In addition, Juan will develop programs that provide a welcoming and supportive environment for these members of the university community, and will provide strategic planning and direction in recruiting and attracting them.

Juan will coordinate diversity activities and programming across the university by collaborating directly with key functional areas, including Admissions, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Government Relations and Public Affairs, and the Provost’s Office. He will direct the university’s affirmative action program and promote equal opportunity, multicultural activities and relations, and disability services in all aspects of campus life.

Please join me in welcoming Juan Nunez to campus.