Leah Cox, Ph.D
Vice Provost of Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Leah Cox serves as the Vice Provost of Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, Dr. Cox is a member of the Chancellor’s and Provost’s respective leadership cabinets and is tasked with informing and implementing the institution’s strategy, processes, and infrastructure related to building our community together.
The VP/CDO advises campus leaders to create a campus community in which faculty, staff, and students feel that they belong and are equipped to thrive in a global society. The VP/CDO takes the lead in enhancing the educational benefits of diversity for students through equitable and effective recruitment, enrollment, and retention. The VP/CDO develops systems that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion across a breadth of university activities, including hiring, training and professional development, promotion and tenure, teaching, research, evaluation, and budgeting and resource allocation. The VP/CDO supports the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, as well as the Chancellor, on decision-making and messaging on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The VP/CDO convenes DEI representatives/DEI Council in respective units and schools to help implement Carolina’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.