The Herald Speaks With New DEI Coordinator Liliana Madrid
On Jan. 24, Liliana Madrid began her position as Meredith’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator.
Madrid brings a host of DEI experience to her position. Prior to coming to Meredith, Madrid worked in higher education DEI for over a decade. “The majority of my time has been at small private liberal arts schools working in cultural centers,” she said.
Within the last couple of years, Madrid transitioned from cultural spaces to faculty and staff professional development. She said she believes that “intentionally investing in the professional development of faculty and staff on DEI is an important part of institutional growth.”
Though most of Madrid’s work will be with faculty and staff members, she said she wants to connect with the student body. “The coordinator is a resource for students, a position that hopes to partner and collaborate on initiatives that foster an inclusive campus community,” she explained.
Students can meet with Madrid on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Beehive and Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Belk Dining Hall. Students can also set up a time to meet with her using Calendly or by scanning the QR code below.
Madrid said she hopes to bring the Meredith community together to share the “resources, collectively identify needs and priorities” that other campus initiatives have consolidated.
“DEI work is community work,” she said. “As I am only one person, I depend on campus partners to share their wisdom and perspective to ensure all aspects of DEI are represented.”
A fun fact about Madrid is that she is a proud owner of a 12-year-old Morkie named Po. “Growing up I always wanted a dog,” she said. “However, we moved around a lot so it was out of the question. Being able to have Po in my life was a childhood dream come true.”
By Aminah Jenkins, Associate Editor