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About the Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Professor Aldo Billingslea
As Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Aldo Billingslea heads Santa Clara's Office for Diversity and Inclusion. He also is Professor of Acting and Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Professor Billingslea joined Santa Clara University as a visiting guest lecturer in 1996 and became a tenured member of the faculty in 2005. He served as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for three years and Vice Chair of the University's Athletics Advisory Board. Professor Billingslea is a nationally known actor who also serves in professional leadership roles and provides service to the theatre community in a number of west-coast locations. He received bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and a master of fine arts degree from Southern Methodist University.
As Associate Provost, his primary focus is to work closely with members of the University community to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of faculty from underrepresented groups. He collaborates with other University offices in promoting a student climate of inclusive excellence through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular programs, and he coordinates with the Office of Enrollment Management, Multicultural Learning, Affirmative Action and Human Resources in efforts to recruit a more diverse student body and staff. He works closely with the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Jesse Bernal, Ph.D.
As Director, Jesse Bernal works with the Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion to develop strategies for the recruitment, retention and success of faculty from underrepresented groups, promote a student climate of inclusive excellence by collaborating with many University offices in sponsoring curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs, and coordinates with the Offices of Enrollment Management, Affirmative Action, and Human Resources in efforts to recruit a more diverse student body and staff.
Before joining the University in 2014, Jesse coordinated systemwide diversity and inclusion initiatives at the University of California as University Diversity Coordinator at the Office of the President (2010-2013). He also previously worked on educational outreach and academic support programming for underrepresented students as Coordinator of the Educational Outreach Program at UC Merced (2010) and Program Manager for pre-college and first-year summer transition programs at UC Santa Barbara (2006-2010). From 2008-2010, Jesse was appointed to the University of California Board of Regents as student Regent and advocated for a range of statewide policies and programs to support California's student population, particularly raising the profile of underrepresented communities such as LGBT students, undocumented students, veterans, and students of color.
Jesse received his Ph.D. in Cultural Perspectives in Education from UC Santa Barbara. His research has focused on first-generation, underrepresented minority college student transitions and development with significant work in assessment and methodologies, program evaluation, organizational culture, affirmative action and non-discrimination policy and law, and models of diversity in higher education. Jesse received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Westmont College (Santa Barbara) and originally is from South Texas.