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 more than 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.
Prior to coming to Brandeis, 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 holds a bachelor of arts degree from Pomona College, a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and 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).