Carlow Names Inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity, Ethics, and Inclusion Officer

Sara Oliver Carter has been named Carlow University’s inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity, Ethics and Inclusion Officer.

In this role, Sara will join the President’s Cabinet and be responsible for guiding the University in our effort to build on our institutional heritage and become recognized for ethical leadership that promotes and executes a social justice agenda. She will work with all areas of the university to create new strategies for diversity and inclusion and ensure that Carlow is a welcoming environment for all.

Sara will oversee the Social Justice Institutes and the Atkins Center for Ethics. Sara will also oversee the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Dr. Maleea Johnson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, will report directly to Sara. She will provide professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students, and will ensure we reach the goals for our institutional outcome related to ethical leadership and social justice.

Sara is devoted to being a servant leader, and as a woman of faith, focuses on communities in need and those underrepresented, with a passion for equity, diversity, ethics and inclusion.

The timing of this announcement is particularly apropos as the Carlow community prepares to celebrate Homecoming this weekend. Sara is a Carlow alumna, having earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in business and communication and a Master of Science in professional leadership from her alma mater.

Most recently, Sara served as Vice President, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Compliance, Strategy and Governance for Fannie Mae, a Washington, D.C., based organization that seeks to make home loans affordable. Prior to that, she held the position of Chief Diversity Officer for Duquesne Light; Senior Director of Talent, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Pennsylvania State University, and had a lengthy tenure at Highmark, where she rose to the position of Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion.

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