The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York announced the appointment of Jennifer S. Rubain, Esq. as the University’s Dean of the Office of Recruitment and Diversity after a nationwide search.
An attorney with a distinguished history of public service in the area of diversity and equal employment opportunity, Ms. Rubain has been the Director of Compliance and Diversity at Brooklyn College since 2000.
“Dean Rubain’s broad experience and commitment to diversity and inclusion make her an excellent choice to head this office,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. “She brings with her a deep knowledge of affirmative action, equal opportunity employment and compliance matters, workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as familiarity with CUNY and the way it works.”
Chancellor Goldstein stated that Dean Rubain will coordinate a comprehensive study of the University’s diversity programs, including those focusing on recruitment and retention of faculty and staff. She will also identify efforts to increase the pipeline of diverse candidates for positions at CUNY. The study will be based upon data that the University has already collected, as well as a review of best practices with the intent of identifying programs, policies and practices that can be adopted to increase CUNY’s success rate in growing a diverse workforce, Chancellor Goldstein said.
Dean Rubain will report to Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management Gloriana Waters and will work closely with the University Office of Academic Affairs. She holds a JD degree from Creighton University, an MBA from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, and a BA from Hampton University.
The Office of Recruitment and Diversity supports the University’s recruitment and retention initiatives with a special emphasis on faculty diversity. The University recognizes that a diverse faculty enriches the quality of teaching and research, promotes intellectual vibrancy and enhances the learning/teaching experience. In addition, the office promotes the University’s goal of a more representative workforce by visibly showing strong leadership and commitment to diversity, broadening outreach and recruitment and monitoring success.
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