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Brett Solomon Appointed Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

June 27, 2016

I am delighted to announce that Associate Professor Brett Solomon will serve as Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion for the 2016-17 academic year. While continuing her engagement as a teaching scholar in Santa Clara’s Liberal Studies Program, Dr. Solomon will bring wisdom and commitment to the promotion of excellence through diversity at Santa Clara University during this interim year in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

With degrees from UC Berkeley, Harvard, and UCLA, and a scholarly interest in race, the pre-school to prison pipeline and juvenile delinquency, Brett brings to this role a wealth of experience and expertise. Since joining the faculty at Santa Clara University in 2004, Brett has served as the director of the Future Teachers Project (FTP) whose mission is to recruit, support, and mentor students of color pursuing teaching careers in urban and underserved schools. Brett has also served as a Community-Based Learning Faculty Associate for the Ignatian Center, and was recently appointed Bannan Faculty Fellow for Racial and Ethnic Justice and the Common Good as part of the 2016-2018 Bannan Institute. Prior to coming to SCU, Brett had a decade of administrative experience in community service organizations serving children and youth. She is the co-founder and first executive director of the former Girls Incorporated of San Mateo County, and was an educational consultant for the Life Learning Academy, Delancy Street Foundation’s charter high school serving delinquent and dependent students.

As Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Brett will lead the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) with the support of 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.

Brett 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.

Brett’s role as Interim Associate Provost will begin July 1, 2016. She will report directly to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and will have a dotted line reporting relationship to the Provost. A search for the next Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion will be initiated after the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inclusion completes its work, which could inform the work of ODI.

Please join me in thanking Brett Solomon for accepting the role of Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.