Ron Idoko moves from OEDI to Center on Race and Social Problems

Ron Idoko has been named associate director for the Center on Race and Social Problems and assistant research professor with the School of Social Work.

Idoko is transitioning from his role as diversity and multicultural program manager in the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, where he has been since 2019. He has been the driving force behind the annual Diversity Forum and has spearheaded and led the Racial Equity Consciousness Series.

He will be working with John Wallace, who has served as interim director of CRSP since last year and also is vice provost for faculty diversity and developement, and Aliya Durham, a faculty affiliate in CRSP. Larry E. Davis, then dean of the School of Social Work, established the center in 2002. CRSP hasn’t had a permanent director since Davis’ retirement in fall 2019. A search is ongoing.

"I am very eager for him to be working with CRSP,” said Social Work Dean Betsy Farmer. "He will be working on a number of fronts — including increasing student programming/involvement with CRSP, running day-to-day operations to reinvigorate CRSP's activities/profile, developing programming and evaluation related to social equity work, and engaging closely with Dr. Wallace to envision/engage CRSP's role in the broader University's goals around truly creating and supporting an environment where race-based and equity-based efforts, and the faculty who advance them, are central, thriving and leading."

At the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Assistant Vice Chancellor Randi Congleton will be the interim point of contact for those with whom Idoko was working.