I am very pleased to announce that professor Melenie Lankau will assume the role of associate dean of diversity for the Wake Forest University Schools of Business, effective immediately. In her new role, Melenie will work with the leadership of the Schools to further develop our strategy focused on diversity enrichment and inclusiveness, providing direction and support to enhance our faculty and staff recruiting, retention, and development efforts.
Melenie will also work with other areas in the Schools of Business, including student services and admissions, to coordinate and support our diversity efforts in student recruiting and retention, and will serve as the primary liaison with University-wide diversity initiatives. Given the importance of diversity and inclusion as a key pillar in our future success and our ability to provide a rich, multi-cultural learning experience for students, finding the right person to spearhead our efforts was critical.
Melenie brings 14 years experience in teaching and conducting research on diversity-related topics. Over half of her research publications have focused on conceptual and empirical studies relating to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In addition, she has served as a consultant and trainer to corporations on their multicultural efforts, and her role at the University of Georgia included diversity recruiting and retention of students.
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Melenie to her new role. We look forward to the vision that she will drive for our Schools.
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