Dixie State University names new assistant vice president for campus diversity

Tasha Toy has been named as Dixie State University's new assistant vice president for campus diversity and director of the Multicultural and Inclusion Center | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Charged with leading Dixie State University in its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, Tasha Toy has been named the institution’s new assistant vice president for campus diversity and director of the Multicultural and Inclusion Center.

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Toy to Dixie State University,” said Peter Gitau, vice president for student affairs at DSU. “She has the passion, background and expertise to provide vision and guidance into the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

As part of her responsibilities beginning June 18, Toy will serve as the chief diversity officer, reporting to university president Richard “Biff” Williams.

Toy will work closely with senior administrators to promote, coordinate and direct campus-wide diversity initiatives and awareness as laid out in the university’s strategic plan. Additionally, she will educate the campus community on multicultural and diversity issues that directly affect students, faculty and staff as well as provide vision, direction and support for the expansion of multicultural initiatives.

With direct oversight of the Multicultural and Inclusion Center, Toy will coordinate retention and support programs for multicultural students, advise the Multicultural Student Council, supervise the LBGTQIA+ and Women’s Resource centers and work closely with International Student Services, Disability Resource Center and the Veteran’s Center to provide the campus and community with inclusive programming.

“Dr. Toy is an important addition to the student affairs team and the DSU campus community,” said Darlene Dilley, assistant vice president for enrollment management. “Under her leadership, we hope to enhance collaboration across campus to support diversity, equity and inclusion in meaningful ways.”

Toy has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, with more than 10 years primarily in diversity and inclusion on a campuswide scale. She served as the director of the multicultural and international student programs for eight years at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history, concentrating in African-American studies, and a master of education in instructional technology, focusing on African-American history from North Carolina Central University. She later went on to earn a doctorate in higher education research and policy from Seton Hall University.

DSU’s Multicultural and Inclusion Center is a student support service established to increase diversity at the school and enrich campus life through cultural and awareness activities. The center operates under the principle that every person’s unique life experiences enrich campus life and adds a profound element to a true education. To learn more about the Multicultural and Inclusion Center, visit the center’s website.

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  • Utahguns June 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I’ll step out here… “Birds of a feather flock together”.

    Diversity is not necessarily positive value – it is in fact a neutral preference.
    There is no reason for having racial quotas in any organization or any country. Why? We should not judge the people based upon characteristics they cannot change. Our culture promotes individual characteristics, and diversity promotion does exactly the opposite – it views us not as individuals, but members of a group.
    If you see it this way, you can come to the conclusion that imposing racial (or gender) quotas actually ignites class warfare and strengthens feminist, LGBT and racial (aka “Black Lives Matter”) movements.

    Successful nations build their wealth and prosperity on trust between their members. I see a natural, evolution-based (…..hear that word “evolution” bike&fish?) tendency to associate with like-minded people. Any act of interference with those natural forces by imposing artificial quotas is harmful for the level of trust within the society and creates internal conflicts, lack of cooperation and finally the destruction of wealth.

    • ladybugavenger June 10, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Well said

    • comments June 10, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      You put it very gently and softly. What’s needed is an exchange program where we can send these fanatical pushers of “multi-culturalism and diversity” on 1 or 2 yearlong stays to the Congo. After these idiots get back (if they get back) let’s hear them sing their newly refreshed (by their vacation to the Congo) praises of the blessings of diversity.

      • No Filter June 11, 2018 at 8:25 am

        You have a weird fetish with congo, were you attacked by a gorilla or something as a kid. I am a little worried about you. I hope you don’t make your spouse wear a gorilla suit during sex.

        • comments June 11, 2018 at 12:55 pm

          Easy there, Filters. I didn’t say anything about gorillas. I might even go as far as to say that’s very RACIST of you to bring up gorillas just because someone mentions Congo. But when we finally get you to the Congo the gorillas will be the least of your worries. Let’s get you down there as soon as possible. You are far past due to be enriched with the Congo’s wonderful diversity. 😉

          • No Filter June 11, 2018 at 1:05 pm

            Not a shot at the locals in any way, just a nod to that terrible gorilla movie from the 90’s. ?

    • bikeandfish June 10, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      There are hypotheses about tribalism and evolution.

      But, science isn’t value oriented. Evolution isn’t good or bad, it just is. What people do with science-based knowledge is where values come in.

      Your oversimplification of diversity and claims about American individualism is highly flawed. I think its fair to say America’s racism has caused plenty of “internal conflict, lack of cooperation and finally tge destruction of wealth”. The fact is diversity conversations and programs happen because those in power and in the majority readily pre-judges “based upon characteristics they cannot change”, ie discrimination. The utopian vision of America you describe hasn’t existed for most minorities. History doesn’t support your ironically inverted hypothesis.

    • bikeandfish June 10, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      PS…no mention of racial quotas in article, that is a red herring.

      Ironically, their goal and vision states that “the center operates under the principle that every person’s unique life experiences enrich campus life and adds a profound element to a true education.”. Its almost like they want people to value individuals for their uniqueness. Sound familiar?

    • No Filter June 11, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Making this a racial thing again I see. Did you not read that she will also be helping the disabled and veterans as well. They also mentioned a women’s resource center. She is going to be in charge of bringing people together that come from all walks of life, not putting them into small groups and making them sit away from each other like boys and girls from a 1950’s school dance. People like you are the only ones who are making a race war. The poor old white man who is afraid that he is no longer the majority. Fear of becoming a minority yourself and suffering from pain that white people have done to others for years.

      • Utahguns June 11, 2018 at 3:39 pm

        Pathetic response. Besides, I don’t fear any snowflake.

        • No Filter June 11, 2018 at 6:15 pm

          The truth hurts. Keep hiding in your whites only bubble and watch the rest of the world leave you behind.

          • Utahguns June 11, 2018 at 9:55 pm

            I didn’t get to where I am by leading from behind in a whites-only bubble, snowflake.

            BTW, Which boxes would you check on form 4473, section 10a and 10b ?????
            They ask for a reason….

          • No Filter June 12, 2018 at 9:54 am

            Well my friend you are getting called out by a non Hispanic white man with German and English heritage. I served my country for 7 years during 9/11 and during the war in 2003, so you don’t get to hide behind the idea that I’m racist against white people. I have lived all over the world and have respect for all ethnicity’s (unlike yourself), we are all on this planet together and we need to be treated as equals.

  • Utahguns June 10, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    “Commonsense” made this comment back in March 15, 2018 when Dixie State was celebrating Diversity Week

    “Diversity is simply variety but liberals use it to pull fringe groups into their fight for votes.
    I prefer to think we are much the same in different wrapping.
    Conformity of principles brings mutual respect. Promoting differences is divisive and political gamesmanship.”

    Very well spoken.

    • Real Life June 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      I don’t always agree with your comments, but you are spot on this one.

    • comments June 10, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      “Commonsense” is generally a deluded idiot, but every now and again he says something agreeable.

  • 42214 June 10, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    What is LGBTQIA+ ? It sounds dangerous or contagious.

  • Tiama June 10, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    If it were dangerous would be dead, if it were contagious, you would have a response with wit.

    • 42214 June 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      If I knew what it was I’d try a little wit, I’ll just assume it’s dangerous and we’ll all be dead.

  • mesaman June 10, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I fear the president of DSU is here to vitalize diversity, his namesake building, place DSU on the same level as the ultra-liberal eastern universities, and to hell with the old DSC. Notice all the traditions that were DSC have been scrapped or remodified to fit the agenda of the diversity fed administration. Notice also the continual increase in the overburden of administrators. Soon there will be one administrator for every 15 students, but no such complement between faculty and students. Your tax dollars at work.

    • comments June 10, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      You’re exactly right, the pigs at the trough are being overfed.

  • asianspa June 11, 2018 at 9:37 am

    It is somewhat ironic that the role of VP of Diversity and Inclusion probably included a lot of discrimination. If you are a white straight male you could forget about this job no matter your background. I have been in Fortune 500 companies that had “Presidents of Diversity” and they were always non white and often non heterosexual. These roles are not about policy and actual creating diverse workforce or cultures but more about PR and corporate virtue signaling.

    Enjoy your 60k Salary, Your pension, and your perks Dr. Toy… My advice 1) Don’t criticize your president,… objective and fair critique is not acceptable behavior even if it is soft. 2) For the sake of your blood pressure and cardiac health do not watch the old footage of the football team running around with Rebel flag stamped on the side of their helmets.

    • bikeandfish June 11, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Proof about not being functional, accountable departments?

      Everyone of the departments I have seen require measurable goals and oversight like every other department. Its funny that everyone is ignoring the component about veterans and disabled being under her perview. Per evidence of business purpose and accountability, here is a resource:


      Nothing superficial or simple “virtue signaling” (one of the newer right wing dog whistles) about those goals.

      • Utahguns June 11, 2018 at 3:35 pm

        As a benefactor to Dixie State for over eleven years, if I find out your on their payroll I’ll give them the choice of either receiving my donations or replacing your sorry butt.

        • mesaman June 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm

          I applaud you Utahguns. b&f is not of this universe (DSU) and a parallel universe is most likely.

        • bikeandfish June 11, 2018 at 7:04 pm

          Not employed by them. Swing and a miss.

          • Utahguns June 11, 2018 at 9:45 pm

            Still get my point?

          • bikeandfish June 11, 2018 at 10:48 pm

            Your statement seemed rather pointless.

          • No Filter June 12, 2018 at 10:52 am

            Utahguns just doesn’t get it, he is just another right wing pawn living here in southern Utah, pointless to argue with him. he is just like John, except he can speak at an adult level most of the times.

  • RadRabbit June 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

    What a waste of space this position is. Those with the best grades and most qualified should be admitted. The color of your skin or who you sleep with should have no place in your acceptance to a school or a job for that matter.

    • comments June 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      No no no. We got a certain quota of black and mexican lesbians, gays or transgenders we got to get in there. And if they have a disability on top of that that’s FANTASTIC. And if they aren’t even legal citizens THAT’S EVEN BETTER!

      • bikeandfish June 11, 2018 at 1:13 pm

        Where is there any mention of quotas?

  • ladybugavenger June 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm


    “Racial quotas in employment and education are numerical requirements for hiring, promoting, admitting and/or graduating members of a particular racial group. Racial quotas are often established as means of diminishing racial discrimination, addressing under-representation and evident racismagainst those racial groups or, the opposite, against the disadvantaged majority group (see numerus clausus or bhumiputrasystems).

    It has been argued that such quotas are a form of racial discrimination.

    These quotas may be determined by governmental authority and backed by governmental sanctions. When the total number of jobs or enrollment slots is fixed, this proportion may get translated to a specific number.”

    • bikeandfish June 11, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Once again, where is there a mention of racial quotas in the article, ie her job description? The definition is self explanatory.

      • ladybugavenger June 12, 2018 at 3:46 am

        Because it’s a school it need not be written, it just needs to say “diversity” and racial quotas are part of diversity in schools and employment.

        • bikeandfish June 12, 2018 at 9:35 am

          So you are fine with just blatantly fabricating lies now? Its not a shock coming from the person who doesn’t believe in “facts”.

          • ladybugavenger June 12, 2018 at 3:59 pm

            That’s your opinion, you are entitled to it.

            Have a blessed day!

          • bikeandfish June 12, 2018 at 10:24 pm

            Its not an opinion that you said you don’t believe in “facts”, its a verifiable statement you made on this forum in 2017.

          • ladybugavenger June 13, 2018 at 6:09 am

            Some “facts” I dont believe. Perhaps that’s because people lie, twist, and manipulate the truth.

            I do love forensic science and DNA. I’m fascinated by it. When people deny deny deny and then BAM! They are shown the truth, I get all warm and fuzzy inside.

            Have a blessed day!

          • ladybugavenger June 13, 2018 at 6:14 am

            What type of science do you work with?

        • ladybugavenger June 13, 2018 at 6:26 am

          I’ll give you an example, I came to oklahoma in 2016. I got a job and I work with a lady who kept asking me questions about my family (because of my last name) she wanted to know if I was related to Brandon. He was trespassing, asked to leave and didnt. He was then shot dead by a security guard in 2011.

          The lady I work with, said that her granddaughter was Brandon’s child. The mom found out she was pregnant after Brandon died. Here we are with a 16 yr old girl searching for the truth.

          For the last year I have brought it up to my husbands family. But it was deny dent deny.

          I believe her.

          3 days ago. I got in touch with a different daughter of Brandon’s who has agreed to do a sibling to sibling DNA test. It’s more like 1/2 sibling to 1/2 sibling DNA.

          I’m excited for her to know the undeniable truth and for others to shut up and stop denying. If they still deny and not believe it after DNA test then they are just delusional (hi theone)

          She looks like Brandon. In fact, she looks just like my sister in law when she was 16

          What are the odds that I move here and get a job and now this 16 year old girl gets her DNA test and gets to know her native american family.

          • ladybugavenger June 13, 2018 at 6:27 am

            Brandon was 21 when he died

          • ladybugavenger June 13, 2018 at 6:30 am

            Brandon is my husband’s nephew

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