Daniel HoSang appointed to equity and inclusion post

Daniel HoSang, associate professor of ethnic studies and political science, has been appointed associate vice president for equity and inclusion and director of the Center on Diversity and Community.

HoSang will support the work of equity and inclusion by advancing new and existing programs and policies related to faculty diversity, professional development for faculty and graduate students and campuswide educational programming. He also will direct the work of the Center on Diversity and Community in research and faculty training in collaboration with academic affairs.

"Professor HoSang has been an outstanding scholar and teacher from the day he arrived on campus," said Bruce Blonigen, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science and associate dean for social sciences, who served on the search committee.

He added that HoSang is "a passionate and collaborative leader on equity and diversity issues for our campus.  We were elated to see him apply for the position and are confident he will lead CoDaC and our entire community in exciting and innovative new directions." 

HoSang is a scholar of racial politics and political identity, as well as the race and gender dimensions of economic inequality. He also serves as coordinator of a new cluster of general education courses centered in the social sciences titled “Inequality, Justice and Difference.”

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Yvette Alex-Assensoh said she looks forward to HoSang's expanded outreach to faculty, especially around issues of faculty mentoring and professional development.

“Dan is uniquely positioned to build on CoDaC’s success as he expands resources and opportunities for faculty and others,” she said. “We are blessed to have him as part our leadership team,” she said.

Professor HoSang brings seven years of experience at the UO to the position. He is the award-winning author of “Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California,” in addition to many other publications.

As an experienced community organizer, HoSang has worked with grassroots nonprofits on national racial justice issues. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Alliance for a Just Society in Seattle, the Partnership for Safety and Justice in Portland and Forward Together in Oakland, Calif.

HoSang also recently completed a 10-year appointment on the board of trustees of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation in New York City, which supports organizing and leadership of young people and communities of color in dismantling structural inequity based on race and class.

He previously served on the executive council of the faculty union, United Academics.

In addition to Blonigen, members of the search committee were anthropology professor and department head Frances White, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Ken Doxsee, ethnic studies professor Charise Cheney and classified staff representative Jimmy Murray of UO Libraries.

―Aria Seligmann, Division of Equity and Inclusion