Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Staff Directory

Becky Petitt - Vice Chancellor

Dr. Becky Petitt joined UC San Diego in March 2015 and brings over 25 years of progressive administrative experience in equity, diversity, and inclusion work across the higher education community. Prior to UC San Diego, she served as the Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Office of Diversity at Texas A&M University, and served as adjunct faculty in the College of Education and Human Development with scholarship focused on diversity in higher education, cultural competence, organizational development, and inclusive teaching and learning.

As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Petitt provided vision and leadership for Texas A&M University’s Diversity Plan, which is acknowledged as a national exemplar of sustainable institutional change.

She is a nationally recognized consultant, specializing in equity and diversity in higher education, organizational learning and organizational change. Her influence extends across the academy and well beyond.

She holds a bachelor of science in psychology and received both a master’s and doctorate in education from Texas A&M University.

Diane Forbes Berthoud - Assistant Vice Chancellor

Dr. Diane Forbes Berthoud is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, advancing institutional effectiveness, serving as liaison to Human Resources, and leading diversity-focused community engagement and campus-wide initiatives. As a member of the Vice Chancellor’s leadership team, she represents the Vice Chancellor on high-level task forces, advisory groups, and system-wide work groups.

Dr. Forbes Berthoud has over 22 years of experience working in higher education, nonprofit, and government. She brings a proven record of success in organizational communication and development, strategic planning, and assessment of EDI initiatives. Her previous positions include lead consultant in a countywide organizational effectiveness and diversity initiative in Montgomery County government in Maryland, where she led an assessment and planning process to improve organizational effectiveness and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion for thousands of employees in the county government. She was also an Associate Professor and Chair of Communication at Trinity Washington University and Director of Practicum at Sixth College, where she spearheaded the development, design, and assessment of multiple community-based initiatives and courses. Dr. Forbes Berthoud received her master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational communication and social psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, and earned her B.A. in communication arts and a certificate in Spanish translation and interpretation from Barry University in Miami, Florida.

Frances Contreras - Associate Vice Chancellor

Dr. Frances Contreras is an Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Recruitment and Retention. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies and most recently served as co-director of the joint doctoral program in Education Leadership at UC San Diego.

Dr. Contreras has over ten years of administrative leadership both at UCSD and the University of Washington College of Education, where she directed their higher education program. Her research focuses on issues of equity and access for underrepresented students in the education pipeline and the role of public policy in ensuring student equity across a P-20 continuum. Her work has been published in leading education journals and presses, including Harvard Educational Review, Educational Policy, Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education, Harvard University Press, and Teachers College Press.  Contreras’ most recent books include: Achieving Equity for Latino Students, Expanding the Pathway to Higher Education through Public Policy and The Latino Education Crisis with P. Gandara. Her current book, Cultivating Latino Students in STEM examines the promising approaches of campus programs as well as individual agency among Latinx high achievers in college to succeed in STEM pathways.

Alexander Norbash - Associate Vice Chancellor

Dr. Alexander Norbash is Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Charged with Faculty Climate and Professional Development, he is responsible for implementing programs and systems that provide a sense of well-being, appreciation, protection, and respect for all faculty. Specific projects currently underway or in the planning stage include peer-mediation, campus-wide climate survey, and empowering bystanders to step up when called upon. From 2011-2015, he served as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine where he led multiple initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Norbash also serves as Chair and Professor of Radiology within the UC San Diego School of Medicine

He received his combined B.A./M.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, completed postdoctoral training in Interventional Neuroradiology at Stanford University, and an M.A. in Healthcare Management from Harvard University

Frank Silva - Chief of Staff

Frank Silva joined VC EDI as Chief of Staff in 2013. He has over 20 years of experience administering and managing publicly funded health and social service programs in academic, clinical, and community based settings. He was the Director of Programs and Administration with the Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development and Community Health at UC San Diego, responsible for human resources, facilities and space planning, and fiscal budgeting and forecasting. 

His diversity work has focused on health equity and cultural proficiency education for medical students and pediatric residents. He served as a guest lecturer for three years for the UC San Diego School of Medicine Program in Medical Education – Health Equity (PRIME-HEq) course PEDS 250 Influences on Health: From Genes to Communities, and was the Administrative Director of the Dyson Initiative in San Diego, a nationally recognized Community Pediatrics training initiative. More recently, he served as the Cultural Competency Curriculum Developer for the UC San Diego Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE), where he was responsible for creating, implementing, evaluating, and institutionalizing a four-year longitudinal cultural proficiency curriculum for the UC San Diego School of Medicine. In this role, he worked collaboratively with campus staff, community partners, medical students, and faculty, staff, and academic leaders in the School of Medicine to create experiential teaching modules that incorporate patient-centered care, situational awareness, cross-cultural communication, and cultural proficiency.

Glynda Jones Davis - Senior Diversity Officer

Glynda Davis is the administrator of diversity activities housed in the UC San Diego Campus Community Centers, as well as executive support for priorities identified and recommended by the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She also functions as a key administrative liaison to the campus in general in communicating information about campus diversity issues, advising campus leadership about diversity needs, supporting diversity-related activities in the various staff associations, and planning and implementing activities in response to identified needs. Prior to this, she spent over 14 years in various student development roles in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

Glynda received her B.S. in engineering, biomedical field of study, and M.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. She is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education; and a former member of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators, American Society for Engineering Education, and a founding member of the Concerned Parents Alliance, Inc. of San Diego, CA.

MarDestinee Gutierrez - Director of Faculty Development and Diversity

MarDestinee Gutierrez is Director of Faculty Development and Diversity, and oversees the development and implementation of activities led by the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. These include the Faculty Equity Advisor Program, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Faculty Diversity in Leadership Grant, faculty networks, Faculty Peer Mediation Program, and workshops for faculty and administrators. In addition, she provides leadership and counsel to the Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice Chancellors around policies, trends and best practices for faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement. MarDestinee previously worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Institute of International Education, Congressional Budget Office, and the Oregon Judicial Department, providing policy analysis, program development, project management, and monitoring and evaluation. She has a B.A. in criminology, law and society from UC Irvine, and an M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Laura Kertz - Principal Analyst

Laura Kertz is a principal analyst in the Office of Institutional Research. Laura supports the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with research and analysis to support decision making, assess program effectiveness, and assist units in self-study. Prior to joining EDI, Laura was an assistant professor of cognitive and linguistic sciences at Brown University and an instructor and pre-doctoral training fellow at UC San Diego. Prior to her career in higher education, Laura worked with digital not-for-profits in the NYC area on initiatives related to data privacy and promoting civil discourse online. Laura holds a Ph.D. from UC San Diego, an M.A. from the CUNY Graduate Center, and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. 

John Duca - Director of Development

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Maddy Agamata - Cultural Events Coordinator/Specialist

Maddy Agamata is the Cultural Events Coordinator/Specialist. In this role, she coordinates comprehensive special events strategies for annual campus cultural celebration events, such as Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration, Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Cesar Chavez Celebration Month, and other special events. In addition, she implements logistics for special programs, special events, and receptions hosted by the Vice Chancellor for EDI and provides high-level administrative and programmatic support to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Previously she served as the Business Office Manager And Executive Assistant at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communication, Inc, and as a motivational coach/speaker with Dale Carnegie of San Diego. 

 

Joshua Cole - Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Josh conducts research and prepares briefings, undertakes special projects, and advises the Vice Chancellor on a wide range of complex and sensitive issues. He also serves as her principal point of contact and liaison with university constituents and external stakeholders, manages her day-to-day schedule, plans and coordinates travel, and manages the unit’s student employees. Prior to moving to San Diego, he worked in politics and local government in New York City and Washington, D.C. He holds a master’s in political communication from American University in Washington, and a bachelor’s in theatre arts from Pennsylvania State University.

Rosalynn Ayala - Program Assistant

As the Program Assistant for the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, Rosalynn assists the Associate Vice Chancellors and the Director of Faculty Development and Diversity in the execution of faculty programs and events. She previously worked in higher education student services. She received her master of education in postsecondary administration and student affairs (PASA) and her bachelor's in political science and Chicano/Latino studies from the University of Southern California.