Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

Chris Clarke

Christopher A. Clarke, MPA | Director of Diversity and Inclusion

1111 East 60th Street, 201 | Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 702-7841 | caclarke@uchicago.edu

preferred pronouns: he/him/his

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As Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Chris leads the Law Schools efforts to promote a learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all students by providing support to students from diverse backgrounds, developing and implementing programs that promote diversity and inclusion and supporting efforts to recruit students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. 

Tell us about your previous work. What did you do? What is something you are proud to have accomplished?

Prior to joining the Law School, I served as the Program Director at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Management and Policy. In this role, I was responsible for the creation, design and implementation of a health equity research center. Many of the programs and initiatives managed through this center were designed to create educational pipelines for diverse students interested in healthcare administration and health policy. One program in particular, the Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management and Policy focused on introducing and exposing diverse students to the field of healthcare and assisting them through the pipeline from student to administrator. One accomplishment that I take pride in is being recognized as one the 40 under 40 Minority Leaders in Healthcare in 2018, an award also given to Law School alum, Dr. Kameron Matthews (JD '06) in 2017. This recognition was a testament to the important work of diversity and inclusion and also the students that I served. I hope to have the same success in the Law School community as I work to lead their diversity and inclusion efforts. 

What drives the work that you do in the diversity and inclusion space?

I am a grandchild of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. As a student, I had difficulty finding resources and mentors to support me on my educational journey. It was also difficult to find supports that fit my needs as an underrepresented student. So, as I entered the professional world, I dedicated the work I did to eliminate the barriers that existing for me as a student. In my tenure as an academic administrator, I have been strategic in ensuring all students have the resources necessary to succeed. I am an advocate for diversity and inclusion and I have been blessed to witness its impact. One unique thing about working in academia is the constant learning that happens in and outside of the classroom. I would also consider myself an innovative mind. I take pleasure in solving complex issues that relate to diversity and inclusion. The ability to study and evaluate the work that I do and the opportunities to collaborate with some of the most intelligent minds on the planet excites me. I have worked in both the public and private sector, but feel that academia is the space where I can have lasting impact and witness transformational success for all students.