Dr. Denise O’Neil Green is the inaugural Assistant Vice President/Vice Provost, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at Ryerson University. She was appointed in 2012 when she immigrated to Canada from the United States.
Throughout her career, she has championed organizational change in the areas of EDI on university campuses. As an inclusive, strategic leader, she has demonstrated a clear passion for the advancement of diverse classrooms and inclusive campus climates for over 20 years.
Under her leadership Ryerson received its first recognition as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employer for 2015; also Soup and Substance, a lunch and learn series she developed, was recognized in 2014 as a top 10 Diversity Innovation in Profiles in Diversity Journal.
Prior to taking on a senior leadership position at Ryerson, Dr. Green was the associate vice president for institutional diversity at Central Michigan University, a faculty member at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in higher education administration and educational psychology, respectively. As a scholar and researcher, she has authored/co-authored over seventy articles and book chapters, reports, and presented papers along with lectures on diversity, higher education, student success and leadership. She is also the executive editor of InstitutionalDiversityBlog.com.
She earned her PhD in higher education and public policy from the University of Michigan, a Master’s from Princeton University, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Chicago.