After changes in leadership in the last year, the University of Minnesota’s graduate school is refocusing its goals on diversity.
Appointed in April, Yoji Shimizu is starting his first school year as the new director of the Graduate School Diversity Office.
Scott Lanyon, vice provost and dean of the graduate school, said he chose to hire Shimizu for the position after seeing his track record and hearing his ideas.
“I had the luxury of having a number of excellent choices,” Lanyon said. "In the end, I can only hire one person. [Shimizu] has, throughout his career, made important institutional changes to advance diversity.”
Lanyon and Shimizu both emphasized the importance of diversity in improving academics for graduate students.