Message From The President - Baruch College

May 5, 2017

Mona Jha’s Permanent Appointment as Chief Diversity Officer

 Dear Faculty and Staff,

It is my pleasure to announce the official appointment of Mona Jha as the new, permanent Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Baruch College. Mona has been serving as the Interim Chief Diversity Officer since January. Beginning in the fall of 2016, she worked in the Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Equity Initiatives as part-time Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and she was the substitute Affirmative Action Officer from March 2012 through August 2013.

Mona brings considerable skills and experience to this important position. She earned her BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania and her JD, with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law. She has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the State Attorney General, where she defended New York agencies and employees in employment discrimination and other cases brought in state and federal courts.

As Chief Diversity Officer, Mona is head of the Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Equity Initiatives, and she is a direct report to the President. She also serves on the President’s Cabinet. In her role as CDO, Mona is responsible for overseeing the collection and analysis of data; monitoring and reviewing affirmative action policy, compliance and/or procedures; submitting written reports to the President and other College officials; providing counseling and information on diversity and affirmative action issues; serving as liaison between the College community and campus interest groups; and working with deans, chairs, and directors of administrative units in the development of innovative recruitment efforts. The CDO also investigates claims brought under the University's Non-Discrimination Policies, serves as Title IX Coordinator, and is the Section 504/ADA Coordinator. The CDO is the liaison to the University Office of Diversity and Recruitment.

Mona may be reached at 646-312-4542 or diversity@baruch.cuny.edu. The Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Equity Initiatives is currently located at 137 East 22nd Street, Room 204.

I am delighted that Mona has accepted my offer to become permanent Chief Diversity Officer, and I am confident that she will do an outstanding job in this role. I also want to take this opportunity to underscore the College’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in both faculty and staff employment at Baruch.

Sincerely,
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College

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