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Cecil E. Howard J.D.; Interim Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer

Writings and Remarks

Re: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 17th, 2022
Re: Interim Chief Diversity Officer
To: All campus
Sept. 13, 2021
Cecil Howard is a licensed attorney, and most recently served as the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity and Chief Diversity Officer for the University of South Florida where he led many first time initiatives including a Minority Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program to recruit and retain more faculty of color, an Emerging Scholars program to recruit students of color, a Dismantling Racism & Bias Dialogue Study Circle Project to address issues of equity, racism, and anti-racism on a campus-wide basis, a National Model for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion to assist individual academic units with achieving inclusive excellence, a National Diversity Conference that was eventually cancelled due to Covid, and an enhanced University Hiring Policy to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion were paramount at all stages of the hiring process, just to name a few.

Cecil has spent the bulk of his career fighting injustices and ensuring equal opportunity and access for all people either through the court systems or the various administrative agencies such as the EEOC. He formerly served as Chief Legal Counsel for the State of Florida’s Commission for Civil Rights, as well as a Charter Officer and Director for the City of Gainesville, Florida’s Office of Equal Opportunity. He has also served as Chief Diversity Officer for Shippensburg University.

Cecil is a member of the Board of Directors of Hope Villages of America, an award-winning charity that directs resources to people facing food insecurity, homelessness, domestic violence, and basic needs. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the GZL Education Foundation that supports a male mentoring group and awards college scholarships to its participants, and is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Florida State University Alumni Association. He also formerly served as National President of the Florida State University Black Alumni Association.

Cecil is a frequent conference and seminar speaker, typically speaking on issues of equity, diversity, board liability and leadership. He also trains corporate, educational, and non-profit entities on aspects of anti-discrimination, anti-racism, cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, implicit bias, identifying and dismantling biases, prejudices, stereotypes, and discrimination in the workplace, and designing sustainable, inclusive, and diverse models for organizations.

He is a graduate of Florida State University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.


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