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Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Search

Santa Clara University has launched an open national search for its first chief diversity officer, a vice president position that was created following the recommendations of the University's Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (2016), the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion (2017) and the Campus Climate Survey Report (2018). The new position will foster deeper collaboration with other divisions represented on the Cabinet and will cultivate strategic alignment on matters of diversity and inclusion across the University. The President appointed a search committee with the responsibility of identifying, screening and recommending candidates to him while also engaging broadly with the University community in the search process. The search firm WittKieffer will assist the committee in the recruitment and screening of candidates.  Throughout the search process, the committee will periodically update the University community.

Search Committee

Eva Blanco Masias, M.Ed. '11 (Chair)

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Marco Bravo '94

Associate Dean and Paul Locatelli, SJ Professor of Education

Andrew Chai

Assistant Director, Mission Church

Elsa Chen

Professor, Political Science

Laura Ellingson

Patrick A. Donohoe, S.J. Professor,
Communication and Women's and Gender Studies

Anna Han

Interim Dean, School of Law

Anthony Hazard

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies




Byron Howlett

Assistant Dean, Student Life

Ifeanyi Ifediba '22

Class of 2022, Finance

Melina Johnson '01, M.A. '03

Adjunct Lecturer, Education; 
Coordinator of Field Experience, ECP
President, Alumni Association Board of Directors

Camila Khorrami '21

Class of 2021, Biology and Ethnic Studies

Jennifer Konecny '68

Trustee Emerita

Kyle Shinseki, S.J.

Campus Minister, Faith Formation and Intercultural Ministry

Search Timeline*

    • Winter 2020: Development of Leadership Profile and stakeholder engagement
    • Winter and Early Spring 2020: Candidate recruitment and preliminary screening
    • Spring 2020: Suspension of search
    • Fall 2020: Resumption of search, candidate recruitment and preliminary screening
    • Mid-December 2020: First-Round Interviews
    • Early Winter 2021: Finalist Interviews
    • Winter 2021: Recommendation to the President
    • Summer 2021: Anticipated start date for the position

 * Timeline is approximate. 

Leadership Profile

Search Updates

Open Forums

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    • 11:45am-12:45pm -  Staff and Faculty Open Forum, Wiegand Room
    • 6:00-7:00pm - Student Open Forum, Wiegand Room

Search Committee Meetings

  • November 10, 2020
  • October 23, 2020
  • February 12, 2020
  • February 6, 2020

Outreach Meetings

The search firm WittKieffer has met with nearly 30 stakeholder groups and individuals to gather input to inform the Leadership Profile: 

  • President
  • Search Committee
  • President's Cabinet
  • Interim Provost
  • Staff Senate
  • Faculty Senate
  • Associated Student Government
  • Deans
  • Center Directors
  • Vice Provost for Student Life
  • Undergraduate Admission
  • Office of Accessible Education
  • Office for Diversity & Inclusion
  • EEO/Title IX
  • Office of Multicultural Learning
  • Inclusive Excellence Student Council
  • LEAD Program
  • Residence Life
  • Multicultural Center
  • Women's and Gender Studies Faculty Representatives
  • Ethnic Studies Faculty Representatives
  • Human Resources
  • University Relations
  • Global Engagement
  • Faculty and Staff Open Forum
  • Student Open Forum

Contact Us

If you would like to nominate a candidate, please contact WittKieffer via email at

If you have questions or comments for the search committee, please contact us via email at

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