History and Chicano Latino Studies faculty Delia Fernández-Jones Named College of Arts & Letters Associate Dean for Equity, Justice, and Faculty Affairs

January 11, 2024

CLS Core Faculty Delia Fernández-Jones has been appointed Associate Dean for Equity, Justice, and Faculty Affairs for the College of Arts & Letters, effective on Jan. 1, 2024.

This is a new position in the College and is part of the Dean’s leadership team working closely in an advising capacity with the Dean, as well as the other Assistant and Associate Deans. The position has oversight of equity and inclusion issues with a focus on faculty and academic staff affairs in order to further embed them within the values, principles, goals, and objectives of the College of Arts & Letters.

Delia Fernandez Jones“I’m very excited to dedicate myself to creating and sustaining equitable policies and initiatives and making the College of Arts & Letters a more accessible place to work and learn overall,” Fernández-Jones said. “I have long admired the ways the Charting Intellectual Pathways for Leadership framework challenges inequity in academia at its core. I look forward to finding ways to ensure that we are living up to those values in policy and action.”

 Through a transformative justice framework, Fernández-Jones’ work will be centered on creating and sustaining equitable relationships and policies, as well as deepening the commitment to a Culture of Care and Charting Pathways to Intellectual Leadership model in the College. This includes fostering a workplace and culture that recognizes, values, and sustains an equitable and inclusive environment and a sense of well-being and belonging for all faculty, students, and staff.

In addition to this new Associate Dean position in the College of Arts & Letters, Fernández-Jones is an Associate Professor of History and a Core Faculty Member in the Chicano/Latino Studies program, both in the College of Social Science. Fernández-Jones started at MSU in 2015 in the Chicano/Latino Studies program, and since 2022 has served as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the program where she developed relationships and policies to further undergraduate education and student success.

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