director of minority affairs at UNCP
L. Canida II has been named to the newly created position of director
for the Office of Minority Affairs at The University of North Carolina
Canida, who was
selected after a national search, started work August 1 in the office,
which is located in the Multicultural Center in
Old Main. He was formerly the assistant librarian for electronic resources/access
services of the Sampson-Livermore Library, where
he worked for nine years.
As Minority Affairs
Director, Canida will provide leadership for administering, coordinating
and overseeing programs and services, which promote the academic and
personal growth and development of minority students. The primary goal
of this position will be to assist in maintaining a campus environment
that supports student diversity and promotes learning opportunities
and services leading to the success and retention of minority students.
Canida will also
work closely and collaboratively with virtually all other operational
units of UNCP in fulfilling the diversity-related goals of the university.
The new director reports directly to Dr. Diane Jones, Vice Chancellor
for the Office of Student Affairs.
was the unanimous selection of a campus committee made up of faculty,
staff and students," Dr. Jones said. "His knowledge of the
campus, our students, our mission to serve students and his involvement
in student-related activities made him a natural fit for this position."
Canida's leadership, the provision of programs and services will presuppose
a strong campus sense of a common community that celebrates diversity,
serving all its citizens marked by access, shared goals, interaction
and integration in all aspects of college life," she said.
Canida said the
Office of Minority Affairs will serve all minority groups on campus,
emphasizing the importance of embracing all cultures and celebrating
the true purpose and strengths of diversity as part of the total and
effective education of our students who must perform in a global environment
which becomes smaller and smaller each day. Canida applauded and commended
the University's administration for its vision, support and commitment
to the role and purpose of the Office of Minority Affairs.
"As the University
grows and becomes even more diverse, all minorities will need to have
a voice on campus," Canida said. "This office, which will
need assistance and support across campus, will help with the articulation
of that voice in a manner consistent with the mission of venerable UNCP."
Canida is very enthusiastic
about the opportunity for the new Minority Affairs Offices ability to
build on an already favorable setting for diversity on campus.
is creating an environment of inclusion for everyone," he said.
The definition of
minority at UNCP, Canida emphasized, is vastly different from the definition
applicable at most other colleges and universities. This difference
is represented not only in the number of Native American and African
American students on campus, but in the dynamic ratio between and among
whites, Native American, African American and other growing populations
of international students.
one of the key challenges of this office is to use this unique setting
as an inclusionary strength without diluting the importance of the overall
diversity of this wonderful institution," Canida said. "In
a word, it's called functional inclusion."
"When you think
of minorities at UNCP, you can't think only in terms of African Americans,
Native Americans and Latinos." Canida said. "There are many
underrepresented groups. It is my intention to focus on and to address
the needs of all minority groups on campus."
Canida said many
of the programs generated by the Office of Minority Affairs will be
available to the entire campus. "When it comes to programming,
every one is welcome," he said.
The new director
said there are some pressing challenges for the office.
of minority students and all students is a priority at UNCP," he
said. "One of the first initiatives of the Minority Affairs Office
will be to establish a peer mentoring program."
well-known proverb, which has currency relative to diversity. That is,
'it takes a whole village to raise a child,'" Canida said. "Like
the proverb, we will need the support of every campus unit to be a successful
Office of Minority Affairs."
Canida has been
actively involved in the community and with a wide variety of University
and student committees and projects.
"Even at the
library, my business was about students," Canida said. "I
have always enjoyed working with students and University programs."
He is an advisor
for a campus fraternity and a member of theUniversity Multicultural
Committee. Canida serves as a peer mentor for the Teaching Fellows Program
and is a member of the Student Affairs and the Campus Life committees.
A member of the
Faculty Senate, Canida has performed considerable committee work, including
the Enrollment Task Force, the University Technology Committee and University
Canida is chairman
of the board of directors of the Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce and
a past president of the Robeson County Rape Crisis Center.
A Cincinnati, Ohio,
native, Canida did his undergraduate work at Xavier University and received
a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Kentucky.
He is working on a doctorate in higher education at NC State University.
Before joining the
Sampson-Livermore Library staff, he worked in public and university
library settings for 11 years.
For more information,
contact Robert Canida at 910.522.5790 or email@example.com.
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