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Dr. Ayodele Thomas, Associate Vice President

The goal of this department is to provide thought leadership and improved practices in support of the university’s staff diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging vision, strategy, and programs. The team will enhance and lead the staff DEIB strategy and build a function that includes highly qualified, collaborative, and innovative DEIB experts, disciplined practices, and innovative approaches for program design and implementation.

Working with leaders and others across the university, this group will align efforts, lead initiatives, and embed DEIB in policies and programs while cultivating a respectful and inclusive culture.


  • Advising and consulting for individuals and organizations
  • Engage and collaborate with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Supporting communities of people in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and Communities of Practice

Phone: 650-498-6700