Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion - 2021

Dania Matos will ‘lead with love’ as Berkeley’s new head of equity, inclusion

The University of California, Berkeley, seeks a collaborative, solutions-oriented and accomplished visionary leader to serve as the next Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion (VCEI) during these unprecedented times in higher education.

Reporting to the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, VCEI/Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) will serve as the campus’ chief strategist for transformative and institutional change related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. In this role, the VCEI/CDO will utilize best practice in the field to incubate and innovate new paradigms/frameworks and to implement strategies and tactics that infuse the principles of equity and inclusion into the ethos of the academic enterprise, administrative departments, and the entire Berkeley campus, while establishing mechanisms for measurable outcomes towards transformative change. The VCEI/CDO will work at both the local and system-wide levels to create a shared sense of responsibility for moving the strategic initiatives of the campus forward among various campus constituencies and governing bodies with the aim of collective impact and sustained culture shifts. 

The VCEI/CDO serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and Council of Deans as well as on key strategic and decision-making committees for campus and the UC system. The VCEI/CDO will lead Berkeley’s efforts to cultivate and sustain a diverse set of financial and other resources to support effective management of programs and initiatives that advance the campus’ equity and inclusion goals. 

Ideally, the successful candidate will hold a terminal degree and have a proven record of innovative organizational change management grounded in the theory and practice of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging combined with a keen political awareness about the complexities and nuanced situations experienced in a public university setting. For the full position profile, please visit

Applications and Nominations: Applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, please send materials and nominations by April 16. Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nominations should include the contact information of the nominee. Nominations and candidate materials should be submitted by email to BerkeleyVCEI@storbecksearch.comAll inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

The University of California, Berkeley, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

For more information about the university and the Division of Equity & Inclusion, please visit and


We seek input from the campus community about this critical position. Please submit your input on this online survey. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes. It is a way for the search committee to seek input from the Berkeley community and for all to be heard. Your feedback will be very helpful to the committee as it searches for the next Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion. Please be assured that your responses are anonymous.


The Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion (VCEI) search committee members and search firm were selected in January 2021. Stakeholder meetings took place in early spring 2021 to gather feedback about the skills and qualities that are needed in the next VCEI and about the short- and long-term priorities for this role. Additional community feedback can be submitted via this survey, which will be available throughout the search process. The search consultants began preliminary outreach beginning in mid-February and the full position profile was published in March. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, please send materials and nominations by April 16. The aim is to have the next Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion in place by the summer of 2021.

Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion Search Committee Roster 2021

Carol Christ, Chancellor (Committee Chair)

Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Geeta Anand, Dean, School of Journalism

Pelagie Elimbi Moudio, Ph.D. student, IEOR D-Lab Fellow; Graduate Assembly

Darlene Francis, Director of the Center for Public Health Practice and Leadership (CPHPL)

Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division 

Khira Griscavage, Associate Chancellor, Chief of Staff to Chancellor, and Chief Ethics, Risk, and Compliance Officer

Douglas Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UC Irvine

Alberto Ledesma, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, L&S Division of Arts & Humanities

Fabrizio Mejia, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Equity and Success

Vanessa Morrison, President, Fox Family; UCB Board of Visitors Academic Affairs Committee Chair

Karen Nakamura, Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair of Disability Studies and Professor of Anthropology

Steve Sutton, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Victoria Vera, Undergraduate Student; President, ASUC

Shariq Yosufzai, Retired Vice President, Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation; UCB Board of Visitors member

The committee is being staffed by Andrea Lambert, Kristine Lee Wilby, and Dana Jantz and supported by the search firm Storbeck Search and Koya Partners of the Diversified Search Group.