The Creighton Intercultural Center held a virtual introduction and conversation session with newly named Interim Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Sarah Walker, on April 12.
Walker, who holds a doctorate in industrial organizational psychology from Rice University was named interim vice provost on March 22.
In her virtual introductory session that was open to everyone on campus, Walker said she took the position because it is, “in line with my expertise and my experience and I genuinely care.”
She said she will strive to help diversify the individuals at Creighton and ensure it is a welcoming and inclusive campus.
Walker spoke about her thoughts of being in this position during a time when diversity and inclusion are important topics of conversation.
“I don’t think there is any time like the present, we have challenges but in those challenges we also have opportunities,” she said.
Becky Nickerson, the leader of the session and the director of the Creighton Intercultural Center said that she is most excited about Walker’s, “energy and commitment.”
Nickerson said that Walker is pushing boundaries and creating a strategy to push this campus forward.
Nickerson also said we shouldn’t take the term “interim” as a placeholder, and said Walker is, “very active in purposefully moving us forward with a unified, sustainable [diversity, equity and inclusion] strategy.”
“Now is the perfect time to really learn how to live out our mission and enact that in different ways,” Walker said.