Division of University Engagement

A Message from the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character…that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

This quote from Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech, “The Purpose of Education,” reminds us that with education comes social and moral responsibility regardless of one’s field of endeavor. With that as a guiding principle, the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and University Engagement strives to create an educational landscape and campus climate of “Inclusive Excellence,” that enables persons of all backgrounds and social identities to be their authentic self, thrive, and achieve academic and professional success and personal fulfilment in service to the greater good of our community and society.

I completed my undergraduate and graduate education at CSU, have served as a member of the faculty since 2005, and am a disabled veteran, a native Clevelander and a graduate of the Cleveland Public School system. In addition, as a scholar and urban sociologist I examine the manner in which social forces structure, influence, define and constrict one’s life and the choices and opportunities that are, or are perceived to be, available based on membership in the various diverse social groups within a society. This unique intersectionality of background and experience provide me with invaluable insights relative to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at my alma mater, Cleveland State University. Myself and the staff of the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and University Engagement look forward to serving, supporting, and engaging the students, faculty, and staff of CSU and the broader community as we strive towards an inclusive, equitable, and just environment that dignifies all of humanity and values and celebrates our multifaceted diversity.

Respectfully yours,

Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn 
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer,
Associate Professor of Urban Studies
Cleveland State University