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Yvette Murphy-Erby and Angela Mosley-Monts

Yvette Murphy-Erby will step down as Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to return to the faculty of Fulbright College’s School of Social Work on December 31.

“Advancing in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our university mission; the success of all students, staff and faculty; and our responsibility as a leading land-grant institution and research university,” Murphy-Erby said. “It has been a joy to lead this critical work, and I credit the commitment and collective efforts of many on our campus and in our community for the progress we have made together over the past five years.”

Murphy-Erby has led the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion since 2017. She is also a professor of social work and has held other leadership positions on campus, including two separate terms as Director of the School of Social Work, Associate Dean for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Acting Director of the African and African American Studies Program, and Vice Provost of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Murphy-Erby conceptualized the IDEALS Institute and oversaw its implementation in 2019.

“I would like to thank Yvette for her leadership,” said Charles Robinson, Acting Chancellor. “She has been a valued member of the community and a strong advocate for greater inclusion and belonging for our entire campus.”

Murphy-Erby is an accomplished scholar and leader/administrator and, together with colleagues, has received over $17 million in external funding grants from federal funders such as NIH, NSF, HRSA and the state government and foundations. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored the first book on the intersectionality of race, class and gender published in her discipline. She has expertise in team building and community engagement.

Angela Mosley-Monts, currently Associate Vice-Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will assume the role of Acting Vice-Chancellor as a national search is underway. The interim appointment will begin January 1, 2023. She was appointed Associate Vice-Chancellor in 2021 after serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor since 2018.

“I look forward to assuming the role of acting vice-chancellor,” Mosley-Monts said. “I see this role as an opportunity to continue to build on the DEI Foundation and the strategies established by Dr. Murphy-Erby for the university, in collaboration with IDEALS and the Northwest Arkansas Region. As the university strives to become an employer of choice while continuing to support student success and advance research, I see DEI making a significant collective impact. Additionally, I see DEI as a cornerstone as we pursue our strategies as a home campus, welcoming and important.

As Associate Vice-Chancellor, Mosley-Monts focused on serving as the primary registered student organizing advisor for the Black Students Association and the Black Alumni Society Scholars. She is co-senior advisor to the Black Graduate Students Association. She also supports diversity, equity, and inclusion societies, including the Black Alumni Society, Latino Alumni Society, Armed Forces Alumni Society, and PRIDE Alumni Society. Overseeing societies, she has raised $325,000 in endowments, private scholarships and sponsorships since coming to college.

She also coordinated the efforts and programming of the following U of A Employee Impact Groups: Armed Forces, Asian-Pacific Americans, Black, Disabled, Latinx, Lavender, Indigenous/Native, and International. An additional Parent-Employee Impact Group is being formed.

“Under Dr. Mosley-Monts’ leadership, I know our campus will continue to progress in a positive way,” Murphy-Erby said.

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