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Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Somerville/Medford and Boston SMFA

Rob was a first-generation college student whose firsthand experiences make him a fierce and trusted advocate for students, an inspired mentor, and respected friend beloved by all.

As CDO serving the Medford/Somerville and SMFA campuses, Rob plays a significant role with:

  • Senior leadership to help leverage best practices and resources university-wide
  • Faculty and staff to support diverse hires, as well as cultivate a campus climate that promotes inclusion and retention
  • Graduate and undergraduate students to support a campus experience that is exceptional for every student and encourages dialog and respect for all
  • The First and Second Year Experience, including New Student Orientation, the Common Reading Program, and the pre-major advising system
  • The new FIRST Center and Pre-Orientation programs BLAST and BEAST
  • First generation, low income, and undocumented students


Office: Ballou Hall, Room 103, Suite 100

Appointments can be made by emailing Lisa Bloom


Doctorate in education administration and supervision (Ed.D.), American International College

Get to Know Rob

Rob has been described as one of those people you meet once in a great while: very dedicated, very professional, and the kind of person you can talk to. He wants to ensure students feel connected to the community, both inside and outside the classroom, and have a true sense of belonging, not only from matriculation to graduation, but also throughout their lives.

“My opportunity for access to higher education came from a federally funded equal opportunity program. This program, Urban Education, and the program director, Joan E. Fuller, provided me the encouragement and mentorship I needed to access college and be successful, and it launched my passion to address educational inequities. Since then, my aim has been to develop and support programs that address barriers to higher education and increase access and equity for students historically marginalized in the US education system.”

–Rob Mack