Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Christopher M. Whitt, Ph.D. is Creighton University’s inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. In his role, he leads collaborative efforts fostering progress in diversity and inclusion across the university and into the surrounding community. In line with the Catholic Jesuit mission of the university, Dr. Whitt works to coordinate the institution’s diversity and inclusion efforts from the perspectives of solidarity and justice by working with every office, department, and unit across campus as well in engaging in efforts with community partners. Among his many entrepreneurial efforts are the establishment of Creighton’s first National Black Alumni Network, the annual Interdisciplinary Scholars Symposium, and the Union Pacific Diversity Scholars Program.
Prior to arriving at Creighton in February 2018 he spent over a decade at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where he was an Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Political Science Department, a co-founder of the Africana Studies Program, and founding Director of the Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity. For his work in the classroom and in the community Dr. Whitt was awarded the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ “2013 Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year Award” and their 2017 “Fannie Lou Hamer Outstanding Community Service Award,” and awarded The Rock Island County NAACP’s Civil Rights Hero Award in 2017 among other recognitions.
Dr. Whitt earned his Ph.D in Political Science and his M.A. in Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. His B.A. in Political Science is from Salisbury University in Maryland.