Office for Equity & Diversity News

Sharon Banks Welcome Ms. Sharon Banks, Executive Director of the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (OBCED)

We are excited to share that Sharon Banks has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (OBCED). Ms. Banks will officially begin in her new role on October 28.

Ms. Banks currently serves as OBCED's Co-Interim Executive Director and has held the position of Senior Project Manager in OBCED since 2001. In her time at OBCED, she has provided steady leadership and earned the respect of her colleagues across the University of Minnesota. She previously held management positions at Northwest Airlines/Delta Airlines in Corporate Purchasing and the Career Resource Center.

She received an M.A. in Public Affairs and Economic Development at the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Business Management and Economics at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

OBCED will benefit from Ms. Banks's leadership and expertise in this pivotal role. We look forward to continuing our work with University and community partners to contribute to the economic growth, innovation, development, and prosperity of the communities in which we live and work.

 

Fenando Rodriguez Welcome Dr. Fernando Rodriguez, Director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

We are excited to announce that Dr. Fernando Rodriguez will be joining the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) as the Director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) on October 28, 2019. 

Dr. Rodriguez currently serves as the Assistant Director of Social Justice and Inclusion for Housing and Residential Life here at the University of Minnesota. In this role, he provides leadership in the design and implementation of training programs, and has cultivated strong partnerships across the University.

In addition to teaching several courses at the U of M, Dr. Rodriguez has also held positions at Macalester College, Carleton College, New York University, and DePauw University. He received a B.A. in Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin; an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Personnel Administration at New York University in New York City; and his Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Minnesota.

We are delighted that MCAE will benefit from Dr. Rodriguez's leadership and expertise in this vital role, and at this critical time. His passion for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion will guide the next phase of MCAE’s work to strongly support multicultural students on the Twin Cities campus.

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