Contact: Cherie Yurco;
For immediate release — Dec. 7, 2020
(DALLAS) — Dallas College has selected Marisol Romany as its inaugural chief social responsibility officer and Dr. Kenneth Chapman Jr. as senior director of equity and inclusion. These new positions reflect the college’s longstanding commitment to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for all employees and students.
As a leading provider of higher education in Dallas County, Dallas College recognizes its responsibility to attract, develop and retain high-quality talent that reflects the communities it serves. Early during its transition to a unified structure, Dallas College identified the need to expand awareness and appreciation for the cultural, ethnic and social aspects that make its community unique. Recent events across our country have revealed an increased need for the inclusion of all voices and perspectives. Furthermore, Dallas College is uniquely positioned to provide access to opportunities for lifelong learning — teaching our students the concepts of sustainability as a pillar of social justice.
Chief Social Responsibility Officer
As chief social responsibility officer, Romany will develop Dallas College’s social responsibility strategy with goals and targets that directly align with the college’s overall vision for equity, the economy and the environment. She will lead the development of social responsibility training programs for employees and advocate for parity and economic inclusion within minority and underserved communities.
Prior to assuming the role of chief social responsibility officer, Romany served as director of diversity and minority business at Orlando Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Florida International University and dual master’s degrees in leadership and education from Framingham State University in Massachusetts.
Dr. Kenneth Chapman Jr. was selected as senior director of equity and inclusion for Dallas College.
Senior Director of Equity and Inclusion
Serving on Romany’s team as senior director of equity and inclusion, Dr. Chapman will build and sustain an equitable organization roadmap that embraces each unique student, employee and stakeholder. He will also develop and oversee programs, services and initiatives to enhance the recruitment and retention of Dallas College faculty, staff and students from diverse and under-represented population groups.
Dr. Chapman previously served as executive dean of liberal arts at Dallas College North Lake Campus. Prior to that, he was founding director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Chapman holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and mass communications from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in education and doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma.
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