In August of 2012, Dr. Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh joined the University of Oregon as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, with the responsibility for collaboratively leading the University of Oregon’s efforts to embed inclusion, equity and diversity in its institutional practices, policies, and norms.
The Vice President's portfolio reaches broadly across many aspects of campus life, supporting the academic mission of the institution to ensure students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds have equal opportunity and access, as well as support to thrive and, ultimately, to succeed at the university. Her responsibility also includes engaging with and facilitating partnerships with a wide variety of communities external to the university.
Dr. Alex-Assensoh leads the university’s strategic diversity planning efforts, development of institutional policies, coordination of research and evaluation infrastructure for diversity work, coordination of pipeline programs and provides organizational leadership to units within the Division of Equity and Inclusion.
Prior to joining the University of Oregon, she served as a tenured Professor of Political Science and a Dean at Indiana University in Bloomington. While there, she won outstanding research awards, secured national funding for her research projects, served as a Fulbright Scholar at University of Zagreb in Croatia and also led national committees focusing on issues of equity, diversity, teaching excellence and ethics. She is the author/co-author of five books, dozens of scholarly essays and numerous journalistic/trade essays. She is a consultant on diversity/gender issues. She is a trained lawyer, registered mediator, and a member of the Indiana State Bar.
She and her husband (Indiana University History Professor Emeritus A.B. Assensoh) are parents of two sons.