Coe College hires DEI dean following diversity controversy

Meeting one of the demands that concerned Coe College community members raised last fall in the wake of controversy that enveloped the board of trustees and resulted in the resignation of a Black member, Coe on Monday unveiled a new dean of diversity, equity and inclusion.

In addition to serving as the private Cedar Rapids college’s lead diversity officer, Donald Jaamal will function as its Title IX coordinator — a dual role making him part of Coe’s “senior staff,” a stipulation Coe community members included among their demands issued in November.

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