Statement from Nikki R. Lanier, DEI executive on the announcement of the University of Louisville’s new president

December 1, 2022

Releasing a statement regarding the University of Louisville’s new president announcement:

“Given Dr. Schatzel’s demonstrative commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both as a matter of her leadership practices in higher education governance, and in her personal life, this is a wildly consequential appointment for the University. Dr. Bendapudi, prior to her exit, declared profoundly, (albeit aspirationally), that the University of Louisville will become an anti-racist institution. Seemingly Dr. Schatzel’s possesses the panache, experience, fortitude, and desire to make that declaration a reality. Louisville, a segregated city, still languishing in the aftermath of very public and blatant scars regarding our own race-based struggles, needs the University of Louisville to illustrate and inspire a greater region-wide commitment to advancing racial equity. Given our town and gown relationship, their modeling and leading in this crucial area will be important.”

Nikki R. Lanier

CEO

Harper Slade Racial Equity Advisory

If you would like to setup an interview with Lanier, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com

To learn more about Nikki R. Lanier and Harper Slade here’s a link to their website, www.harperslade.com

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