Vice President of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics
Julian R. Williams was appointed vice president for Compliance, Diversity and Ethics for George Mason University in June 2015. In this role he provides leadership to the University’s Compliance, Diversity and Ethics division, which includes the Title IX and ADA coordinator(s), University Ombudsman, and Assistive Technology Initiative.
Williams serves as the university’s executive-level compliance, diversity, and ethics strategist and champion. He also advises university leadership on compliance policies and procedures. He leads the university’s efforts to ensure a diverse student body and workforce. Previously, he served as the director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Officer at Vassar College. In that role, he was the primary liaison to president, Board of Trustees, government officials, and others in the campus community on incidences of sexual misconduct and claims of discrimination or harassment. Williams has also served as the director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at Monmouth University.
Williams has worked as a civil trial attorney in Michigan on cases involving discrimination, harassment, and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, and has served as union-side legal counsel in disputes between Michigan public school employees and public school districts.
Williams serves on the executive board for the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity, a national non-profit association of professionals working in the areas of equal opportunity and diversity dedicated to the promotion of policies designed to fulfill the nation’s promise of equal opportunity for all individuals. He is also a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. He earned a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from Michigan State University College of Law.