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Lisa D. Givan named associate vice president for diversity and inclusion

June 27, 2018

Lisa D. Givan headshot

Indiana Tech has named Lisa D. Givan as associate vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. Ms. Givan was chosen by the university after a nationwide search to fill the new post, which was established in the spring of 2018 as part of Indiana Tech’s strategic planning process.

Givan will officially begin her duties as associate vice president on July 18, 2018. She currently serves as associate director of diversity training at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to her work as associate director at Kent State, Givan also served the university from 2008-2015 in roles including core trainer and special assistant for the Diversity Education and Training Lab; coordinator of multicultural initiatives and enrollment management & student services advisor; and coordinator of pre-college programs. Givan began her career in higher education as senior enrollment services specialist at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, in 2007.

“Having a leader of Lisa Givan’s experience and qualifications join our team will be a tremendous benefit to the entire Indiana Tech community,” commented Dr. Dan Stoker, vice president of Student Affairs at Indiana Tech. “Our university has a long-standing commitment to diversity here on our main campus and across all of our regional campuses as well. This year, our strategic planning task force identified the continued development of a vibrant, inclusive and diverse culture connecting all of our campuses and locations as one of six priority goal areas for the years ahead. Lisa will play a vital role in working with our students, faculty, staff and the community at large in achieving this goal.”

“It’s an honor to join the Indiana Tech family,” Givan remarked. “Tech clearly prides itself on being a forward-looking university committed to helping every student achieve their highest potential. I’m excited to partner with other transformative leaders to infuse and advance inclusion throughout the Warrior community. Through building relationships, I am confident that we will continue to foster a culture that values and celebrates diversity in all of its forms, thus providing a dynamic experience for our scholars.”

Givan earned her B.A. in Sociology/Corrections and her M.A. in Education from the University of Akron. She is a licensed qualified administrator of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and holds a certificate in conflict management. Givan is also currently completing her studies through the Institute for Diversity Certification to become a certified diversity executive.