Title: Inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Special Advisor to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Duquesne University
Returning to her alma mater, Crystal McCormick Ware was appointed Duquesne University’s inaugural chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president for diversity, equity and inclusion in November 2021. Prior to joining Duquesne, she had served as director of diversity and inclusion initiatives at the University of Pittsburgh Library System since 2004. While there, McCormick Ware developed diversity programming and training for the entire library system and led diversity efforts throughout the larger academic community. With a background in marketing and communications too, McCormick Ware served as director and field instructor with the University Community Career Development Partnership Project of Pitt’s School of Social Work and executive director of Pittsburgh’s Urban Youth Action, Inc. She is a founding member of the Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duquesne as well as several certifications related to diversity, equity and inclusion.