Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Mr. Plaza was named Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion in August 2015. He 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. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Most recently, Raymond worked at Bowling Green State University where he served as the Associate Director, Multicultural Affairs. In that capacity, he was responsible for retention initiatives, Latino success, and the assessment and management of data. He also coordinated the bi-annual climate assessment survey at Bowling Green, chaired the Latino Issues Conference, facilitated Safe Zone workshops, and served as Web master and 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, where he served in a number of positions: Projects Specialist for Diversity Initiatives, Complex Director, Summer Conference Manager for Student Programs, Manager of Education for Diversity & Inclusion, Study Abroad Program Leader, and the Coordinator for Student Success Programs.
As Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Raymond is responsible for its 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 under-represented groups. He works closely with Human Resources on initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity and retention of University staff and with the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development to develop a plan for diversity training and leadership initiatives focused on faculty and staff and aimed at building cultural competence and intergroup dialogues. He also works closely with the Title IX and Affirmative Action officer to implement the University's Affirmative Action program. As the ODI Director, and the only full-time employee in the office, Raymond works regularly with the Office of Institutional Research to help maintain and fortify the University's Diversity Dashboard.