Multicultural Student Affairs director Charles Kellom leaves Northwestern

Ally Mauch, Assistant Campus Editor

Multicultural Student Affairs director Charles Kellom left Northwestern to become the assistant dean for multicultural student affairs at Ohio Wesleyan University, according to a Facebook post on NU’s MSA page.

Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson, NU’s executive director of Campus Inclusion and Community, said in the post that Wednesday was Kellom’s last day at NU. He will begin his new role at Ohio Wesleyan on Monday, Ohio Wesleyan announced last month.

Kelly Schaefer, NU’s assistant vice president for student engagement, told The Daily that Kellom will be missed.

“He was wonderful, and I really appreciated him as a thoughtful, hard-working, trusted colleague,” Schaefer said.

She added that although Kellom was a “terrific” addition to the Office of Student Affairs, his new job is a “great next step” for his career.

Kellom came to NU in 2011, initially serving as the director of African American Student Affairs before becoming MSA director in 2015.

As the director of African American Student Affairs, Kellom created The Journey of Our Years, a celebration for black NU graduates, and co-created Engage, a partnership with the athletics department to “educate student athletes on issues of diversity and inclusion,” Brown-Henderson wrote.

Brown-Henderson could not be reached for comment.

“He was a full partner in the redevelopment of MSA, utilizing assessment data and the recommendations of a program review to set the current vision,” she said in the Facebook post.

Schaefer told The Daily that Student Affairs is looking to recruit someone for the MSA director position.

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