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Nisly, third candidate for UI Chief Diversity Officer, to speak at forum April 19

Nicole Nisly, M.D., is the third of five people interviewing as a candidate for the position of University of Iowa Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Associate Vice President (AVP), positions she currently holds on an interim basis.

Nisly will interview for the position on Monday and Tuesday, April 19 and 20. During a forum at 10 a.m. Monday in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Center, she will speak on "Taking the lead in a changing world: why should we all promote diversity and inclusion at the University of Iowa."

Two additional candidates for this position will be visiting campus April 22-23 and April 26-27. The remaining public presentations are scheduled for:

10 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 351 Iowa Memorial Union
10 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2520D University Capitol Center

Further information about each candidate will be released prior to his or her visit.

Prior to accepting the CDO/AVP interim position in January 2010, Nisly was a physician and director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Division of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She also served, from 2006 to the present, as diversity officer for the Department of Internal Medicine. Nisly earned her medical degree from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil.

The search is being co-chaired by Keri Hornbuckle, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the UI College of Engineering, and Mettie Thomopulos, health services administrator in the UI Department of Internal Medicine.

At the UI, the CDO/AVP leads and coordinates the university’s efforts in all aspects of diversity, inclusion, educational and employment equity, affirmative action, cultural understanding and competency, and civil and human rights. As CDO, the individual reports to the president and is a member of the president’s cabinet. As AVP, the individual reports to the executive vice president and provost, is a member of the provost’s cabinet, and sits on the Council of Deans.

For more information on the search and on Nisly, visit

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