President F. Javier Cevallos has been included on the GK100: Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color.
A business networking event called Get Konnected, sponsored by Collette Phillips Communications Inc., created this list to recognize and celebrate talented people of color in the greater Boston area.
President and CEO Collette Phillips said this list is meant to be “a tool” for corporations and non-profits to reference when they are in need of “energetic and thoughtful members,” according to the list published on The Boston Globe’s website.
Cevallos said, “I think that it’s not about me – it’s about the University and I think that the reason I was selected is because I happen to be in this wonderful place and that is obviously the reason why my name came up.”
He added he was “honored to be in the company” of the people he admires in the world of academia such as M. Lee Pelton, president of Emerson College, and J. Keith Motley, chancellor of UMass Boston. “I’m really happy to be in the same group as them. It’s very nice,” he said.
“I know a couple of the nominees, but the list is very large and it contains a bunch of different areas,” he added.
Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence Chon’tel Washington said, “I think President Cevallos deserves this honor because he is approachable and available to the FSU community. Being accessible, I believe, is a great quality for any leader.”
Washington said Cevallos has made a lot of progress, specifically in the area of diversity and inclusion.
“It was important that he hired a Chief Officer of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, because it shows the FSU community that he is truly committed to the ideals of diversity,” she added.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Linda Vaden-Goad said, “What he brings to our University, he brings to our state. He has brought a far more inclusive style of running the University, and this alone has made a striking difference in the students, staff and faculty who choose to come and study or work here.”
She added hiring a Chief Officer of DICE has made a tremendous impact within the FSU community.
Vaden-Goad said Cevallos has helped expand FSU’s global reach, specifically connections with Central and South America as well as connecting with expatriot groups in the area. “This dual style of connecting local and global creates an exponential value-add to each change we make.”
She said with the help of Cevallos, FSU is recruiting international students and visiting faculty to come to FSU to help enrich the campus.
“He is deeply involved in our community and uses his time to make connections for our University and programs. He has strong relationships with our state and federal legislators and was invited to represent our University at a White House STEM Conference,” she added.
Vaden-Goad said, “In addition to the many positive outcomes that are due to his efforts, it also is the way he does things that makes him so special. … He has such a positive approach to all and a peacefulness that brings people together in exactly the right spirit, making our University and community better and more connected.”