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Robert M. Sellers

Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

Robert M. Sellers, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University and his doctorate in personality Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is responsible for overseeing the University’s five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion, and serves as a principal adviser to the President as a member of the University’s executive leadership team.  Dr. Sellers works with the Provost on matters related to diversity at the University as well as a broad range of academic issues including the budget, faculty tenure and promotions, and student enrollment.  He oversees operations of three central administrative units.  Dr. Sellers provides strategic leadership to increase access and success for all students, recruit and retain diverse faculty, and develop academic programs that prepare all students for success in a diverse world.  Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Sellers was chair of the University of Michigan Department of Psychology. His research interests include ethnicity, racial and ethnic identity, personality and health, athletic participation, and personality.  He has published several research articles and book chapters that examine factors associated with the psycho-social development of African American student-athletes.