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Interim Dean of Students to transfer to U, leaving legacy of diversity efforts


Daniel Cairo leads a Heritage Series lecture discussing the dehumanization at the southern border Sept. 26, 2019. Interim Dean of Students Daniel Cairo will transfer from Westminster College at the end of the month, taking on a new position at the University of Utah, the administration announced Thursday. (Cami Mondeaux)

Interim Dean of Students Daniel Cairo will transfer from Westminster College at the end of the month, taking on a new position at the University of Utah, the administration announced Thursday.

Cairo will become the special assistant to the vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the U. His last day at Westminster is Oct. 30.

“In his short time on the President’s Cabinet as Interim Dean, Dan made a positive impact through his leadership and expertise,” President Beth Dobkin said in an email. “Particularly in managing the complexities of student life in the time of Covid while continuing to advocate for student inclusion and success.”

Cairo stepped into the position as interim dean of students after Karnell McConnell-Black announced his departure in June. Before that, Cairo served as the assistant dean of students, the director of Student Inclusion and Diversity and designed the Legacy program.

“Above all, Dan has advanced campus understanding, dialogue, and skills regarding the value and inclusion of students across campus,” Dobkin said. “With particular emphasis on students of color and students who are first generation, queer, gender non-binary, and/or low income.”

At the time of the announcement, there were no updates on Westminster’s search for Cairo’s replacement. More information is expected to come from the administration in the coming weeks.

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Cami Mondeaux
Cami Mondeaux is a senior communication major with a minor in sociology. Passionate about journalism, Cami has worked in the field for three years – completing internships at KSL NewsRadio, KUER 90.1 NPR Utah and The Washington Diplomat in Washington, D.C. She now covers breaking news for KSL NewsRadio with a focus on the 2020 election. Cami is excited to bring her skills to The Forum for her second year as editor-in-chief.

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