Staff Biography and Roles


Margaret Russell
Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Professor Margaret M. Russell will continue to serve as Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion for the 2018-19 academic year. Margaret will continue teaching on the faculty of Santa Clara's School of Law, while leading the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s important work on recruitment, support, and retention of faculty of color at Santa Clara University. Margaret brings her wisdom and many years of experience working on diversity and civil rights issues to the position.

Margaret holds degrees from Princeton University and Stanford Law School and has taught constitutional law and civil procedure in Santa Clara University’s School of Law for over twenty-five years. She has been active as a scholar affiliated with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Ignatian Center, the Bannan Faculty Collaborative, and the Center for Social Justice & Public Service. She is also a past president of the Faculty Senate of the University and served on the Faculty Affairs Committee from 2011-14.

In 2014, Margaret was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the role of trial and appellate court women judges in Tanzania. She is a member of the American Law Institute, serves on the national board of the American Civil Liberties Union, and is editor of ​The First Amendment: Freedom of Assembly and Petition ​(Prometheus Books 2010). She also serves on the national board of the Princeton Alumni Corps, the board of the Tenpyozan Project, the advisory board of the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the advisory council of the Bay Area lawyers’ chapter of the American Constitution Society. She is a co-founder of the Equal Justice Society and the East Palo Alto Community Law Project.

As Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Margaret will lead the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) in collaboration with Ray Plaza, ODI Director. The Office will continue to provide assistance for inclusive recruitment and search procedures for faculty searches, and for the retention and success of faculty from underrepresented groups. Margaret will also chair the Council on Inclusive Excellence. She will collaborate with offices throughout the University in helping to promote a climate of inclusive excellence on campus.  

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Raymond Plaza, Director

Raymond Plaza, Director

Dr. Raymond V. Plaza
Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

As the ODI Director, Raymond is responsible for day-to-day activities that include working closely with the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion to design strategies for the recruitment and retention of faculty from underrepresented groups. He also has working relationships with Human Resources (developing initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity and retention of University staff), the Office for Student Life (in partnerships and efforts in working with students) and the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development (planning for diversity training and leadership initiatives focused on faculty and staff and aimed at building cultural competence and intergroup dialogues). He also coordinates the Safe Space training for faculty and staff, and facilitates the UndocuAlly training as part of his service on the Undocumented Student Working Group. He also works closely with the Title IX and Affirmative Action officer to implement the University's Affirmative Action program, and as ODI's only full-time staff member, he helps to maintain and fortify the University's Diversity Dashboard in partnership with Institutional Research.

Prior to Santa Clara, Raymond worked at Bowling Green State University where he served as the Associate Director, Multicultural Affairs, where he was responsible for retention initiatives, Latino success, and the assessment and management of data. He coordinated the bi-annual climate assessment survey at Bowling Green, chaired the Latino Issues Conference, facilitated Safe Zone workshops, and served as the liaison to the Latino Student Union, Hillel, and the Chinese Student and Scholars Association. In addition to those responsibilities, he was active as a liaison between the university and the Bowling Green community in the national Not In Our Town movement. Raymond also spent more than a dozen years at Virginia Tech working in student affairs, multicultural affairs and academic affairs.

Raymond is a Miami native who earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English and History from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he also earned a Master of Arts in Education, Student Personnel in Higher Education. He earned his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Raymond is also active within ACPA College Student Educators International where he recently completed his service as the Convention Chair for ACPA18 annual convention and is the current Past Chair of the Latin@/x Network. In addition, he is currently the Chair of the AJCU Conference on Diversity and Equity.

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