VP for Diversity

Carol Henderson

Dr. Carol Henderson Vice Provost for Diversity

Carol Henderson was appointed by the Provost to promote and cultivate the success of this important goal–in the newly created role of Vice Provost for Diversity.

While diversity and inclusion remain the collective responsibility of the entire campus, the objectives of the President’s Diversity Initiative and the University Diversity Initiative have been subsumed by this Office and the task for overseeing and promoting diversity efforts on campus will now be coordinated by the Vice Provost for Diversity. In this role, the Vice Provost provides strategic leadership in advancing diversity as an institutional value and academic priority in all facets of the academic community.

The Vice Provost works closely with senior leaders and leadership to develop, promote, and implement initiatives that cultivate a campus climate that is welcoming, equitable and inclusive, and she assists institutional leaders in developing plans for accountability centered on faculty and student diversity, recruitment, and retention. In addition to helping academic units enhance their curricular offering so that they reflect diversity as a visible and intellectual practice, the Vice Provost also maintains relationships with universities, community organizations and other relevant groups to advance and expand access opportunities within higher education.

In the past three years, the University of Delaware has:

  • Formalized a diversity action plan;
  • Created a diversity network that helps to implement the goals of the plan;
  • Produced a status report to detail the institutional progress made on achieving diversity goals in the Inclusive Excellence Diversity Action Plan;
  • Worked with the Faculty Senate Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for the Study of Diversity to revised the multicultural requirement for all students;
  • Operationalize professional development and educational opportunities to develop cultural fluency around issues associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Worked with college deans and their chief diversity advocates to produce a quality review assessment of the diversity goals of their college, and to develop ways to improve upon or create collaborate links between institutional goals and the educational mission of each college.
  • Worked with Procurement to strengthen the Diversity Supplier Program at UD.
  • Won the 2017 Gold co-winner of the DE SHRM Chapter Diversity and Inclusion Award


  • Ph.D., English, University of California – Riverside, 1995
  • M.A., English, California State University – Dominquez Hills, 1991
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California – Los Angeles, 1986

Curriculum  Vitae


Carol E. Henderson (B.A. University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. California State University of Dominguez Hills; Ph.D. University of California, Riverside) is the author of Scarring the Black Body: Race and Representation in African American Literature, and editor of Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture; America and the Black Body: Identity Politics in Print and Visual Culture; and James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain: Historical and Critical Essays .

She has contributed essays to such collections as Beyond Beyond Retention: Cultivating Spaces of Equity, Justice, and Fairness for Women of Color in U.S. Higher Education; Trayvon Martin: Historical and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics; The Black Body Project: Imagining, Writing, (Re)Reading; Confinement Literature: African American Literature from the Plantation to the Prison, Richard Wright’s Native Son: Critical Essays, Folklore and Popular Film, Ann Petry’s Short Fiction: Critical Essays, and James Baldwin and Toni Morrison: Comparative Critical and Theoretical Essays, and published articles in Women’s Studies, Studies, Palimpsest, College Language Association, Black Camera, The Journal of Popular Culture, Modern Fiction Studies, Legacy, Religion and Literature and elsewhere. She has also served as special issue editor for the journals Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS), and Middle Atlantic Writers Association (MAWA).

A sought-after lecturer and communicator, she conducts workshops on inclusive leadership, and often guest lectures on African American literature and culture nationally. She is the recipient of several community, professional and research awards, including the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award (twice), the Richard “Dick” Wilson Mentoring Award, Commitment to Diversity Award—Residence Student Life, and the AIDS Task Force Dedicated Service Award from Beautiful Gate Outreach Center in Wilmington, DE. In 2011, she was recognized as a top ten finalist for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Inspire Integrity Award.

Previously the Chair of the Department of Black American Studies, Professor Henderson currently serves as Vice Provost for Diversity.



Diversity Action Plan