Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
PhD, University of Maryland
Mark Brimhall-Vargas is the chief diversity officer and vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Brandeis University. He brings over two decades of expertise in campus-wide diversity and equity management and programming, cultural competency and conflict resolution.
Brimhall-Vargas is responsible for aligning diversity policy and programming for faculty, staff and students across the university in areas of recruitment, retention and success strategies; cultural competence training and preparation; assessment, metrics and creating a diversity dashboard; and messaging, communications and passive education around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. His portfolio currently supervises disability support services and the ombuds officers, though the portfolio will expand in the near future to include the Intercultural Center.
Prior to arriving at Brandeis in 2017, Brimhall-Vargas worked at Tufts University as the chief diversity officer and associate provost, and at the University of Maryland as its deputy chief diversity officer.
Brimhall-Vargas has a PhD in social foundations of education from the University of Maryland. His academic expertise includes critically conscious pedagogy, social justice and identity development (particularly religious, spiritual and faith-based identity). He also holds a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor of arts degree from Pomona College. He originally hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico.