As vice provost, Nieto-Phillips implemented multiple DEI initiatives on the Bloomington campus. He worked with schools to launch (or enhance existing) diversity plans and strategies and prepare school-specific annual DEI reports. Nieto-Phillips led and organized programs, workshops, and dialogue sessions to advance a sense of community and belonging and, in collaboration with Vice Provost Eliza Pavalko, conducted faculty hiring workshops on best practices for diverse hiring.
Now, at least one member of each tenure-track hiring committee is required to take part in the fall faculty hiring workshops, which have averaged 140 attendees each year since 2017. Since 2015, the campus has doubled underrepresented minority tenure-track hires. “I am proud to be part of a public institution whose mission serves our increasingly diverse state and nation,” Nieto-Phillips said. “As I leave administration and return to my research, I am proud of what we accomplished together and am looking forward to seeing what comes next. This work is crucial and impacts our campus and our world.”