Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success

Strengthening and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) named Cleopatra “Cleo”  Magwaro and Camille Burnett to associate vice president positions in 2021. Magwaro and Burnett began their posts this year, following competitive national searches.

Magwaro is the associate vice president for institutional equity and serves as the lead and primary representative of Equity and Access Services (EAS) at VCU. Her role will promote a climate of trust, honesty and integrity where all people are valued and where differences are recognized as an asset. Additionally, her role focuses on meeting and exceeding civil rights compliance standards, as well as ensuring all federal and state legal and regulatory requirements are fulfilled. She will provide broad leadership in Title IX, accessibility and ADA Services, equal employment opportunity and equity, and data and case management. Prior to joining VCU, Magwaro was the acting director and Title IX coordinator at Kansas State University. She received a Bachelor of Legislative Law (LL.B.) and B.A. from Queensland University of Technology, School of Law and Master of Laws (LL.M.) from American University.

Burnett is the associate vice president for education and health equity at VCU. She will oversee transformational culture and climate initiatives, including IES special interest institutes and centers. Burnett will provide supervision for and broad oversight of IExcel Education and El Centro Latinx / Chicanx and continue to advance VCU’s commitment to health equity, by forging relationships and aligning IES initiatives and programmatic offerings to health-related goals. Burnett was also appointed as the executive associate director for the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation, also known as iCubed, and its administration of over 100 members across eight transdisciplinary core research areas. Burnett previously served as the assistant dean, Equity, Outreach and Social Justice at the University of Kentucky. She received her  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Alberta and her M.P.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario.

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