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U of M announces hires in Office for Equity and Diversity

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The U of M today announced two new hires, Frederic MacDonald-Dennis as director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and Matthew Antonio Bosch as director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office within the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED).

"Frederic and Matthew Antonio each bring a wealth of experience to the University of Minnesota--not only through their previous positions, but as community activists and educators committed to social change. These are important appointments within the Office for Equity and Diversity, and as advocates for equity in higher education, both Frederic and Matthew Antonio will be tremendous assets to the University and external communities," said Rickey Hall, assistant vice president in OED.

Most recently, MacDonald-Dennis was interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Haverford College. He has also been associate dean of students and director of residence life at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs at the University of Michigan. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Alabama.

Most recently, Bosch served as the chief diversity officer at North Hennepin Community College and as the coordinator (a volunteer position) of state divisions for the American College Personnel Association. A Latino hailing from New York City, Bosch has immersed himself in local communities as an active nonprofit volunteer, a member of the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus and a member of numerous LGBTQ sports teams. He earned a B.A. from Cornell University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has made equity and diversity a priority for the university. These new hires are part of moving this priority forward. The mission of the OED is to infuse the core values of equity and diversity into all aspects of teaching, learning, research, service and outreach throughout the statewide University of Minnesota system.

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