Nicole L. Butts has been appointed the presidential associate for diversity, inclusion and campus climate and will serve in the interim position while a formal search is conducted. University President Soraya M. Coley shared the update an email to the campus community on Nov. 8.
As the interim presidential associate, Butts will serve as the university’s senior officer responsible for assuring that the core institutional values of diversity and inclusivity are deeply embedded in the campus community, business practices and programs. Her portfolio will include designing and implementing campus plans to advance inclusion, developing training initiatives in support of our campus climate, and working with stakeholders in the colleges and divisions to recruit, retain, and advance diverse members of our campus community. She position reports directly to the president and serves as a member of cabinet.
One of Butts’ initial endeavors is the formation of an Inclusive Excellence Council. Consisting of faculty, staff, and students, the council will serve as an advisory body charged with upholding and promoting inclusivity.
An experienced administrator, Butts has spent nearly two decades working in organizational development management in both the public and private sectors, with a particular focus on promoting diversity and inclusion. Prior to Cal Poly Pomona, she served as human resources director for equal employment and affirmative action at UC Riverside. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master’s degree from Bowie State University, along with numerous professional certifications.
Butts came to campus in February 2018 to serve as interim director of employee diversity, inclusion and campus climate in the Division of Administrative Affairs.