The University of California, Irvine (UCI) has appointed Douglas Haynes as its first vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion effective June 1, 2019.

As chief diversity officer, Haynes will lead the university’s efforts to become a national model of inclusive excellence and will be in charge of all inclusion and diversity initiatives and activities at UCI and UCI Health. He will be responsible for conceptualizing and cultivating inclusive excellence as an educational asset and as an ongoing institutional value. The Office of Inclusive Excellence is responsible for responsive research, strategic initiatives and collaborations, campus accountability and education and training. It will also support the development of an inclusive working and learning culture at UCI.

Haynes joined UCI as a history professor in 1994. He was the founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities, a founding faculty member of the Department of African American Studies and inaugural director of the Program in Global Cultures.

As former vice provost for academic equity, diversity and inclusion, Haynes supervised the creation of the Office of Inclusive Excellence and helped improved gender equity and diversity campus-wide. He was instrumental in UCI’s success in earning an Asian American, Native American Pacific Islander, and Hispanic-serving institution.

Haynes has been recognized by the Black Faculty and Staff Association for his faculty outreach and by UCI’s Academic Senate with the Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service.