Tyrone Forman Biography

Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity

Tyrone FormanTyrone Forman is Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity. Reporting to and working in close partnership with the Chancellor and Provost, he provides intellectual leadership, guidance, and oversight of enterprise-wide strategies to create a diverse and inclusive environment for UIC’s students, staff, and faculty.  As the campus’ chief diversity officer, Forman is responsible for ensuring that efforts to expand access, promote equity, and enhance inclusion are key considerations in all major budgetary, administrative, and governance decisions.

A widely respected thought leader on diversity and inclusion, Forman serves on the Advisory Board of the Phillips Academy’s Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) – a national program that addresses the lack of diversity in our nation’s teaching faculties. He is also chair of the Recruitment and Admissions Committee of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) and Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Biomedical Research Workforce Action Group- a national effort focused on improving scientific evidence for university interventions that increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

As a sociologist, he is a nationally recognized voice on intergroup prejudice, discrimination, comparative race and ethnic relations, and survey research methods. He has conducted innovative studies of the ways that discrimination and constrained opportunity shape the life experiences of racial and ethnic minorities as well as the sociocultural factors that influence intergroup relations and attitudes among youth and adults.  His work has appeared in a number of leading social science journals, and his research has been financially supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the Fletcher Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships, including the 2012 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for best article on race and ethnicity in the past three years from the American Sociological Association, and a 2011-2012 fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.  He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.