Leadership Team

The University of Chicago’s diversity and inclusion efforts are led and managed by the Office of the Provost

Melissa Gilliam

Vice Provost and Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice, Office of the Provost


Melissa was appointed Vice Provost in 2016 under the leadership of Provost Diermeier and President Zimmer. As Vice Provost, Melissa leads efforts around faculty development and institutional diversity. She oversees leadership and academic development for department chairs and faculty at each academic rank, directs activities to increase accountability and measurable progress in creating a diverse and inclusive campus, and provides infrastructure and training in the recruitment and retention of faculty, including management of the Neubauer Family Assistant Professors Program. Melissa also oversees the Center for Identity + Inclusion; the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. Diversity and inclusion is defined broadly as including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability status, nationality, veteran status, and politics. Melissa also works closely with the College, UChicagoGRAD, and the Office of Spiritual Life to foster a climate that supports full participation of the University’s members in the academic and professional life of the campus.

Regina Dixon-Reeves

Assistant Provost, Office of the Provost


Regina oversees a number of initiatives related to diversity and inclusion, including faculty search training and the University’s pipeline programs. 

Ravi Randhava

Assistant Provost and Executive Director, Center for Identity + Inclusion


Ravi manages the Center for Identity + Inclusion, which houses the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, LGBTQ Student Life, and Student Support Services. 

Tiana Pyer-Pereira

Associate Director, Office of the Provost


Tiana manages a variety of diversity and inclusion projects across campus, including faculty search training and the Diversity Dialogues series. 

Maris Garcia

Director, D+I Studio, Office of the Provost


Maris leads UChicago’s D+I Studio, a human-centered design program that helps various campus units address issues related to diversity and inclusion.

Dana Bozeman

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, UChicagoGRAD


Dana oversees diversity and inclusion initiatives at UChicagoGrad—an organization that provides a range of services and resources to enhance the ability of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to navigate their careers at UChicago and beyond.

Cheryl Richardson

Director for Inclusive Teaching Initiatives, Chicago Center for Teaching


Cheryl works with UChicago educators to help them incorporate inclusive pedagogy into their curriculums.

Melissa Sherwin

Communications Lead


Melissa manages communications related to UChicago’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative.

Sarah Willis

Events and Administrative Planner, Executive Assistant to Melissa Gilliam and Regina Dixon-Reeves, Office of the Provost


Sarah supports the diversity and inclusion leadership within the Office of the Provost. She also coordinates various special events.