Smith College Names Naomi J. Miller Director of Institutional Diversity
NORTHAMPTON – Smith College recently appointed Naomi J. Miller to administer its strategic plan for diversity and programs that foster a diverse workforce and student body. The former professor of English and women’s studies at the University of Arizona began her post as director of institutional diversity and assistant to the president in August.
The guiding philosophy of the Office of Institutional Diversity is that diversity in all aspects of the educational environment is necessary for achieving the highest level of academic excellence. Miller’s office administers affirmative action policies, equal opportunity policies and grievance procedures relative to equity issues. All matters pertaining to civil rights and disability support services are also handled by her office.
While at the University of Arizona, Miller served as chair of the Millennium Project and the Millennium Report Oversight Committee, charged with facilitating a hospitable climate for diversity in all areas of the University. Most recently, she served as an American Counsel on Education (ACE) Fellow, working on diversity issues at Princeton University, her alma mater.
After graduating from Princeton summa cum laude as an undergraduate, Miller received a master’s and doctorate from Harvard University. Miller writes a regular column for the Chronicle of Higher Education on balancing personal and professional issues, including diversity concerns.
The Office of Institutional Diversity was created in 1996. Before then, the office existed as part of the Office of Affirmative Action (OAA), whose primary function was to monitor hiring practices at the college. The responsibilities of the OID were expanded well beyond the duties associated with the OAA.
Founded in 1875, Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges. Enrolling students from every state and 60 other countries, it is the largest undergraduate women's college in the United States.
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