Who We Are


Mark Brimhall-Vargas 

Mark Brimhall-Vargas

Prior to arriving at Brandeis in 2017, Dr. 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. 

Mark Brimhall-Vargas, PhD
Chief Diversity Officer
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Allyson Livingstone

Allyson LivingstoneDr. Allyson Livingstone is the director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Education, Training, and Development. She brings nearly 15 years of experience in social justice education and programming, diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development, and mental health counseling. Livingstone is responsible for carrying out the educational and training strategy for the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. She works with faculty, staff, and students to develop and carry out their equity goals. Prior to arriving at Brandeis in 2018, Dr. Livingstone worked at Salem State University as a member of social work faculty. She also worked as the Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Field Education program at Simmons College. Livingstone has a PhD in social work from Simmons College. Her teaching, research, and social work practice areas are the analysis and eradication of multisystemic privilege and oppression, intersectional social identity equity in education, and student mental health. She also holds a master’s degree in social work from New York University and a bachelor of arts degree from Haverford College. Dr. Livingstone grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

Allyson Livingstone, PhD
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Education Training, and Development
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Giovanna Abeiga

Giovanna Abeiga is currently an Executive Assistant supporting both the Chief Diversity Officer and the Vice President of Human Resources. She joined the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion bringing with her over twenty years of experience as an Executive Assistant in corporate environments supporting executives and C-level staff in multiple areas including venture capital, finance, technology and publishing. Giovanna hails from Long Island, New York and she studied at Bentley University. 

Giovanna Abeiga
Executive Administrator
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Edith Suárez

Edith Suárez Edith is a graduate student at the Heller School working in the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in an office support position with tasks including, but not limited to developing web content and training materials. Edith is completing a dual masters in public policy and business administration, with a concentration in social entrepreneurship and impact management. At Brandeis she continues her passion in the areas of identity, culture and diversity by co-founding Sin Fronteras, a Graduate Latinx organization at Brandeis focused on: community activism, professional development and the celebration of Latinx culture. In her free time she enjoys dancing, working out, and practicing speaking French and Portuguese.

Talia Franks 

Talia FranksTalia Franks is a BA/MA student working in the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in an office support position. As a Brandeis undergraduate she is majoring in linguistics and european cultural studies, and minoring in classical studies, comparative literature, and creative writing. In fall 2018 she will officially start as a graduate student at Brandeis in the master of arts program in comparative humanities. In her free time, Talia enjoys reading, writing, and translating poetry from Spanish to English. The three things Talia will never say no to are a good cup of tea, a Harry Potter debate, or a linguistics meme.