Pritzker announces appointment of Dr. Sekile M. Nzinga as Chief Diversity Officer
Last week, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that Dr. Sekile M. Nzinga will join the administration to serve as Chief Diversity Officer.
“I am proud to have Dr. Nzinga lead our state’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts,” said Pritzker in a statement. “Across her career, Dr. Nzinga has been nationally recognized for her work to expand equity and inclusion. I look forward to having her join my administration as we work to build a better Illinois for all our residents.”
Nzinga began her role on Friday, April 16. Previously,she served as Northwestern University’s interim Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and Women’s Center Director. She is the author of “Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces in Inequity” published in 2020, serves on the general council of the National Women’s Studies Association and has been recognized locally and nationally as a leader on feminist, gender equity in higher education, and reproductive justice issues.
Nzinga earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Maryland in Human Development, a Masters of Social Work from Ohio State University, and Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Morgan State University.
Pritzker also appointed Jason Rosenweig to the Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. Rosenweig currently works for the American Jewish Committee as the Assistant Director for Advocacy and International Affairs, managing the pollical affairs, diplomatic affairs, and media relations in Illinois and surrounding states.