J. Keith Motley
Chancellor, UMass Boston
By the numbers, 41 percent of UMass Boston’s UMass Boston’s nearly 16,000 students are ethnic minorities or students of color, and they hail from more than 80 countries, making it the most diverse university in Massachusetts and one of the most diverse public universities in the United States. Under the leadership of Motley, UMB’s first African-American chancellor, the share of people of color in executive administration roles has grown, as has the percentage of minority graduate students, with students of color now making up 53 percent of UMass Boston’s STEM majors.
While he’s proud of the numbers, Motley encourages a much more expansive view of diversity, and has charged his new Office of Diversity and Inclusion with sussing out student, faculty, and staff perceptions of the campus environment that will help guide a strategic plan for diversity.
—James H. Burnett III, Globe Staff