Third and final VP candidate presents

VP candidates are, from left, John Fitzgerald Gates, Jesse Bernal and Carmen Suarez.
VP candidates are, from left, John Fitzgerald Gates, Jesse Bernal and Carmen Suarez.
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The third of three candidates for the position of vice president for Inclusion and Equity gave a presentation January 22 in the Kirkhof Center.

Jesse M. Bernal is director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Santa Clara University in California.

Bernal said he envisions Grand Valley as the model for equity and inclusion among public, comprehensive regional universities.

“That means being a campus that is willing to take risks and be bold about equity work, where we embody an entrepreneurial spirit that pushes the limits and pushes us further where we not only respond to national trends but are able to set trends when it comes to equity work,” said Bernal.

He said Grand Valley could become the campus of choice for faculty of color or women senior managers, and a recognized safe haven for LGBT youth in Michigan or undocumented students in the state.

Read more information about the three candidates here.