Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion Rodmon Cedric King is responsible for advancing full participation as a strategic priority at Connecticut College. This includes implementing the next phase of the College’s Equity and Inclusion Action Plan; overseeing the ongoing strength of Unity House, the LGBTQIA Center, the Women’s Center, Hillel House, and the Chapel; and supporting a strong team of professional staff in their work on equity and compliance, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, religion and spirituality, accessibility services, bias education and response, sexual violence prevention, and intergroup dialogue—all in order to improve the experience of an increasingly diverse student body, faculty, and staff.
Trained as a philosopher, Rodmon earned a B.A. from Roberts Wesleyan College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient Philosophy from the University of Rochester. As a member of the philosophy department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges from 2005–2015, he won awards for his teaching, mentoring, and community service, while also establishing his leadership in equity and inclusion. He served as an advisor to the Black Student Union; represented the Consortium for Faculty Diversity; and co-founded “Tools for Social Change,” a dialogue-driven initiative to advance equity in the Finger Lakes region—a program that continues to this day. He served as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the State University of New York at Oswego, and was responsible for elevating the College’s strategic efforts around equity, including the launch of a three-year Grand Challenge on race, racism, and social justice and the design of a new Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Transformative Practice. As Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for the SUNY system, he helped design and assess DEI plans; chaired the system’s Diversity Advisory Council; and launched a new Native American Initiative.