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Leadership & Staff

Our team, led by Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Becky Petitt, is dedicated to cultivating a community with heart, where all can thrive.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Becky Petitt

Becky PetittDr. 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.

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff Frank Silva

Frank SilvaFrank Silva joined VC EDI as Chief of Staff in 2013 and was appointed as Associate Vice Chancellor in 2022. 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.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Victor Ferreira

Victor FerreiraVictor Ferreira was appointed as Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in 2022. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and has been a faculty member at UC San Diego since 1997. His research focuses on the mental and neural processes that underlie the human ability to produce language and communicate successfully. The Language Production Laboratory, which he directs with Psychiatry Professor Tamar Gollan, is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Ferreira has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

A seasoned leader committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, Ferreira brings a wealth of leadership experience to this role. In addition to serving as a department chair for six years and co-convener of the Council of Chairs for four, he has also chaired the Academic Senate Committee on Academic Personnel and the Committee on Research. Additional leadership experience includes co-directing the Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Memory and Language. Ferreira was a member of VC-EDI’s Advisory Council on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, served as an EDI Advocate and Influencer, which helped develop UC San Diego’s first strategic plan for Inclusive Excellence, and is also a faculty affiliate of the Triton FirstGen student initiative.

Deputy Chief of Staff TBD

Senior Diversity Officer TBD

Director of Faculty Development and Diversity MarDestinee Perez

MarDestinee PerezMarDestinee Perez 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.

Director of PATHways to STEM (PATHS) Program Guadalupe Cruz

guadalupe-cruz-headshot.jpgAs Director of the PATHways to STEM (PATHS) Program, Guadalupe Cruz provides oversight, assessment, and supervision to all aspects of the program, including program development, staff supervision, grant and budget management, partnership representation, and direct support to Scholars. Guadalupe's background includes higher education, non-profit community based organizations, and counseling support for college students. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Guadalupe worked as a manager for the KIPP Through College Program in Los Angeles and the University of Missouri – Columbia in the Counseling and Psychological Services Department and in the Women’s Resource Center. A University of California alum, Guadalupe completed her B.A. in sociology at UC Santa Barbara. She later obtained her M.A. in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Director of Development & Diversity Initiatives John Jacinto Duca

John Jacinto DucaInspired by personal and work experiences in San Diego and in the Philippines, John developed a deep passion for community building. This resolve led John to get his B.A. in political science at UC Los Angeles, and his M.A. in law and diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. As Director of Development – Diversity Initiatives, John is responsible for connecting alumni and friends to UC San Diego causes that matter. John’s fundraising efforts augment the work of the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to create a thriving campus community.

Consultant

Edwina Welch Dr. Edwina Welch serves as a consultant for the Vice Chancellor's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Dr. Welch is one of the two originators of the LEAD (Leaders for Equity Advancement and Diversity) Fellows program. She served as a Campus Diversity Officer and was the inaugural director of the Cross-Cultural Center, a role she held for 25 years. She has presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Harvard College, Washington University, several California Community College Districts, the NASPA Multicultural Institute, and facilitated numerous EDI trainings throughout the country. Her research areas include social justice, leadership, organizational capacity building, and cultural competence. Dr. Welch received her B.A. in communication studies and business administration from California State University Sacramento, her master's of science in higher education administration from the University of Oregon, and her doctorate in educational leadership from the joint doctoral program between UC San Diego, San Diego State University, and California State University San Marcos.

APIMEDA Associate Director Windi Sasaki

Headshot of Windi SasakiWindi Sasaki is a first-generation college graduate and an alumna of UC San Diego, where she received her BA in Psychology and minors in Biology and Classical & Medieval Europe. She received her MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she completed research on Asian American college student development. She has twenty years of experience working on college campuses with students. Windi is particularly excited for this role as it allows her to reach out to students who are looking for community around their racial and ethnic identity and help them join her as a proud UC San Diego alum.

Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor Vanessa Haro

vanessa-haro.jpegAn alumna of UC San Diego, Vanessa Haro completed her Bachelor of Arts in Critical Gender Studies with a concentration in History and Social Inequalities. Vanessa received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Macro Social Work: Community Organization Planning and Administration. Vanessa has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of organizations and work relevant to her role, including most recently as a Manager for Executive Affairs for the CEO of PriceSmart, where she provided high-level support to the CEO, handled executive communications, liaised with departments, researched issues and advised the CEO. Prior to that, she provided administrative support to various C-suite level executives in legal and nonprofit organizations, as well as program development and management for organizations such as GreenPeace Mexico and Amnesty International Mexico.

Cultural Events Coordinator/Specialist Maddy Agamata

Maddy AgamataMaddy 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. 

Campus Community Center Directors

John W. Rawlins IIIBlack Resource Center Director
John W. Rawlins III, M.A.

John is a Campus Diversity Officer and Director of the UC San Diego Black Resource Center. He is an EDI/Student Affairs professional with 16 years of experience as an administrator and advocate for students, more specifically students of color. John is a native of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his Master of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University. John comes to UCSD from  California State University San Marcos where he served as Director of the Black Student Center and Special Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Inclusive Excellence. John's passion to support students of color began during his undergraduate career, where he served in many leadership roles in student organizations and campus advisory boards. John would begin a celebrated career at Ithaca College, continue at The Johns Hopkins University, and the international headquarters of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., before heading West to CSUSM. John holds memberships with NASPA, ASCAP, and is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He serves as the 16th and current President/CEO of the Cornell Black Alumni Association and serves on several alumni boards for the institution. John is also a Gospel recording artists and vocalist who has performed on national and international stages alike. He has been honored to share the stage and sing with artists such as jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and Gospel legend Kirk Franklin.

 

fnann.jpg Cross-Cultural Center
Fnann Keflezighi, M.A.

Fnann is a Campus Diversity Officer and Director of the Cross-Cultural Center (CCC). She is an equity-minded practitioner whose work is grounded in student-centeredness and institutional responsibility for access, diversity, and intersectional inclusion. Her deep passion for and commitment to educational equity and social justice is demonstrated in her decade-long career that centers students and equitable outcomes. Before joining the CCC, Fnann served as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Thurgood Marshall, as an Assistant Director of Residential Life, as the inaugural Director of the African American Resource Center at California State University, Fullerton, and was the program coordinator for the Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Math-Science TRiO Outreach access programs in San Diego. Fnann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC San Diego in Ethnic Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Post-secondary Educational Leadership and Student Affairs at San Diego State University. An alumna of UC San Diego, Fnann found her passion for social justice through the curriculum of Marshall College’s Dimensions of Culture writing program and Ethnic Studies courses, as well as in community spaces like the Cross-Cultural Center, and her co-curricular involvement with both the Student Affirmative Action Committee (SAAC) and the Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Services (SPACES). Fnann's work at the Cross encourages community members to explore their identity intersections, to think critically in ways that consider multi-forms of oppression and resistance, and to imagine and work towards a more equitable and inclusive university and society.

 

Elena Hood Intertribal Resource Center
Elena A. Hood, M.A., Ph.D.

Elena is the inaugural director of the UC San Diego Intertribal Resource Center. She is from the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Prior to joining our campus, she served as program manager for The Pechanga School, a tribal school located on the Pechanga Indian Reservation. She majored in Native American studies at UC Berkeley and dedicated her time as a volunteer at the American Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland, CA. She went on to earn a master’s in education with an emphasis in administration, planning and social policy at Harvard University and is completing her doctorate at UC San Diego’s education studies program. She has 20 years of experience working in the field of Indian education and serving Native American communities.

 

Shaun Travers LGBT Resource Center
Shaun Travers, Ed.D.

Dr. Shaun Travers is a Campus Diversity Officer and Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center. An active representative of the bisexual community, he has presented at Harvard College, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, the NASPA Multicultural Institute, and numerous trainings on campuses throughout the country. At UC San Diego he has led the Undergraduate Diversity Leadership Institute, the Building Communities for Social Justice Practice Institute, Anti-Racist Practice Leadership groups, LEAD Fellows, and the Culturally Competent Management Program through Human Resources. Dr. Travers serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego LGBT Community Center and chairs the San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council. He formerly served as Vice President of the congregation at First Lutheran Church San Diego, Chair of the Education Committee for the National Consortium of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals in Higher Education, and Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee for the GLBT Knowledge Community at NASPA. Prior to UC San Diego, Shaun coordinated Gender Issues Education Services, including Women’s Development Programs and Advocacy Services for victims of sexual violence, at Texas A&M University. He has served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, and the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross – Brazos Valley Texas. 

 

Gerardo Arellano Raza Resource Centro
Gerardo Arellano, Ph.D.

Dr. Gerardo N. Arellano received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and his B.A. from UC San Diego in the departments of comparative ethnic studies. Dr. Arellano is the inaugural director of the Raza Resource Centro. His research interests include trans-border culture and migrations, de-colonial pedagogies, Latina/o post secondary educational achievement and retention. He has extensive experience working with underserved students of color at the community, high school, and university levels. He loves to work with students and he enjoys advising graduate and undergraduate students, strategic planning, curriculum design, program development, and assessment. He is passionate about coaching students to obtain scholarships, internships, research, and conference experience.

 

Marnie Brookolo Women’s Resource Center
Marnie Brookolo, M.A.

Marnie Brookolo is a Campus Diversity Officer and Director of the Women’s Center at UC San Diego. A first-generation college graduate, Marnie holds a B.A. in critical gender studies and political science from UC San Diego and an M.A. in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego. Since joining the staff of the Women’s Center in 2005, Marnie has worked to promote gender equity at UC San Diego by taking a leadership role in building community, developing educational programs, and facilitating student leadership development that centers on women and gender issues. Marnie’s work at the Women’s Center includes providing leadership for a wide range of women- and gender-focused educational programs and events, facilitating diversity trainings and workshops for campus departments and organizations, and partnering with on- and off-campus organizations to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion at UC San Diego and beyond.

 

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Faculty Equity Advisors

Faculty Equity Advisors work collaboratively with deans, department chairs and search committees to ensure that equity and inclusion are considered in all aspects of faculty affairs, including recruitment, retention, and advancement. They provide implicit bias training for search committees, guidance on implementing inclusive practices, and other input as needed.

Meet our Faculty Equity Advisors.