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GRCC’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion placed under new leadership 

Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer candidate B. Afeni McNeely Cobham during her presentation at the community forum on October 1, 2018 at Grand Rapids Community College. (Tatiana Diaz/The Collegiate)

As of Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) has been placed under new leadership by Interim President Juan Oliveraz.  

“I have appointed Dave Selmon as the Interim Director of the ODEI,” Oliveraz said. “Dave will be providing leadership to this office as well as maintaining his position as Dean of Strategic Outreach.”

Selmon steps into the shoes formerly filled by B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, who took the position in late 2018. On Oct. 24, she shared a press release with The Collegiate about the ODEI being honored as a finalist at the annual Prism awards.

GRCC administrators are not explaining why McNeely Cobham is no longer leading the ODEI office.

“Dr. McNeely Cobham is on administrative leave at this time. It would be inappropriate for me to discuss a personnel matter,” stated Dave Murray, GRCC Communications Director in an email to The Collegiate.

In his Oct. 26 email announcing the new leadership appointment, Olivarez stated, “With this change, Dave (Selmon) will no longer be serving as Interim Dean of the Lakeshore Campus.” Vicki Janowiak will provide leadership to the Lakeshore Campus on an interim basis.”

The ODEI staff and GRCC’s general counsel declined to comment on the situation, and McNeely Cobham could not be reached at this time. 

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