Madison College: Hires New VP of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Contact: Sr. Vice President of Student Development and Success Dr. Keith Cornille, (608) 246.6464 (office)

Nuñez named Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

MADISON-Lucia Nuñez has been appointed by President Jack E. Daniels, III as Madison College’s vice president for Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement. She is currently director of the City of Madison Department of Civil Rights and will begin her service in the newly created position at the college Jan. 4, 2016. Her responsibilities will include providing leadership, innovation and vision for diversity and inclusion efforts. Nuñez will also lead efforts to enhance engagements with the communities throughout Madison College’s 12-county district.

Dr. Keith Cornille who chaired the selection committee, said Nuñez’s 30 years of experience in working with diverse and underserved populations and a demonstrated ability to bring diverse people together to seek creative solutions to wide array of community challenges uniquely equips her to assume the role.

“There is a lot of important work that needs to be done related to inclusion and diversity on our campus, but also in identifying ways that Madison College can more effectively engage with our communities to influence positive and substantive change,” he said.

Since 2006, Nuñez has served as director of the City of Madison Department of Civil Rights. Her previous experience includes serving as division administrator of the Wis. Equal Rights Division, deputy secretary of the Wis. Department of Workforce Development, and executive director of Centro Hispano of Dane County. She was also a teacher at the Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center in Holyoke, Mass., and a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras.

Nuñez received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College in New London, Conn., and earned a master’s degree in International Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.