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Carl Hernandez III
Carl Hernandez III was named the first BYU vice president for belonging

Meet BYU's New VP of Belonging: Carl Hernandez III

Brigham Young University President Kevin J Worthen, following approval from the BYU Board of Trustees, named Carl Hernandez III as the university’s first vice president for belonging.

Hernandez will lead BYU’s new Office of Belonging, an office dedicated to helping BYU to achieve a community of belonging described in the university’s newly created statement on belonging. He will also guide BYU’s efforts address to the recommendations provided by CoREB and to otherwise address the needs of all marginalized individuals on campus.

Hernandez previously served on BYU’s Committee on Race, Equity and Belonging (CoREB) and was an assistant dean at the BYU law school for more than 10 years. He has taught civil rights, community lawyering, fundamental lawyering skills and clinical practice courses for legislation, criminal prosecution and defense, immigration, government practice and nonprofit practice. Read more here.

Statement on Belonging

We are united by our common primary identity as children of God (Acts 17:29; Psalm 82:6) and our commitment to the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ (BYU Mission Statement). We strive to create a community of belonging composed of students, faculty, and staff whose hearts are knit together in love (Mosiah 18:21) where:

  • All relationships reflect devout love of God and a loving, genuine concern for the welfare of our neighbor (BYU Mission Statement);

  • We value and embrace the variety of individual characteristics, life experiences and circumstances, perspectives, talents, and gifts of each member of the community and the richness and strength they bring to our community (1 Corinthians 12:12–27);

  • Our interactions create and support an environment of belonging (Ephesians 2:19); and

  • The full realization of each student’s divine potential is our central focus (BYU Mission Statement).