KU Student Affairs announces leadership appointments
LAWRENCE – The Office of Student Affairs at the University of Kansas has appointed two people to new positions who have years of experience focusing on diversity and equity efforts at KU.
After a national search launched in the spring, Kevin Joseph was selected to fill the position of Assistant Vice-President, Student Affairs, with a focus on diversity and equity efforts. Since February, Joseph has served as Acting Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) while continuing his role as Director of Evaluation and Strategic Initiatives. A search for the position of Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs will take place later this fall. In the meantime, Jordan Brandt has agreed to fill the role.
Joseph and Brandt will both assume their new positions on October 4.
“I am delighted to welcome Kevin and Jordan to their new roles,” said Tammara Durham, vice-president, student affairs. “They bring a great deal of experience and knowledge as they work to elevate diversity and equity at KU. They will play a major role in helping our most vulnerable populations and fostering a community culture consistent with the values of the university for all students, faculty and staff.
Joseph will be a senior member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team and will provide overall leadership and direction for Student Affairs Assessment, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, the OMA, and the Center for Sexuality & Gender. Diversity.
Additionally, Joseph’s position will coordinate the scholarship program and lead the strategic approach of Student Affairs to enhance diversity, equity and social justice in all programs and services.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Assistant Vice-President, Student Affairs,” said Joseph. “I look forward to supporting the work of each reporting unit and working with campus and community partners to ensure that we provide our students with a fair experience at KU. “
While leading KU’s evaluation efforts, Joseph oversaw the development, implementation, and evaluation of Student Affairs’ strategic planning efforts. He provided the impetus and provided the initial direction for efforts to support students and staff of Color, as well as The Connect, which provides KU students with the monthly opportunity to learn about the resources available on the campus and student organizations. He has served as an advisor to student organizations that support students of color, facilitated social justice retreats, and completed the Social Justice Scholars program.
Joseph received his doctorate in higher education administration and a master’s degree in educational research methodology from Louisiana State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University.
Joseph is also looking forward to welcoming Brandt as interim director of the OMA. Brandt, who currently serves as Deputy Director at the Center for Academic Retention and Engagement, will be instrumental in advancing the equity and inclusion efforts of KU students, overseeing the development of the program and OMA services and preparing the office for its next director.
“I am delighted and delighted that Jordan has agreed to serve as the interim director of the OMA,” said Joseph. “Throughout her time at KU, she has always supported and advocated for marginalized and underserved student populations. I have every confidence that Jordan will successfully lead OMA’s efforts to create a community in which students feel validated and encouraged to live in their full authenticity.
Brandt started her KU career at the OMA as an academic advisor specifically supporting students of color, LGBTQIA + students, and undocumented students. In addition, she has developed and presented social justice education in collaboration with campus partners. In her current role at the Academic Retention and Engagement Center, she supports undergraduates of color, first generation students, and students eligible for Pell scholarships. She holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from KU and a bachelor’s degree in health and physiology from the University of Iowa.
“It is a pleasure to return to the Office of Multicultural Affairs as interim director,” said Brandt. “Focusing on the experiences of the most vulnerable populations and defending their individual and collective needs has always been a personal and professional commitment for me. I look forward to supporting the staff of the OMA in improving and expanding their work.