Trevino named Graduate School associate dean for diversity and inclusion

April 17, 2015 10 a.m.
Dale Trevino

Dale Trevino

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Dale Trevino, whose career has focused on promoting diversity in higher education, will become the associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Princeton University's Graduate School. His appointment is effective July 1.

Trevino is currently the director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. At Princeton, he will oversee the Graduate School's efforts to enhance the diversity of the graduate student body and to foster a supportive and inclusive community for all graduate students.

"I am delighted that Dale will be joining Princeton to take on this important role," said Dean of the Graduate School Sanjeev Kulkarni, to whom Trevino will report. "He is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and he brings nearly 27 years of significant experience in this area."

As associate dean, Trevino will be responsible for planning and implementing the Graduate School's goals related to access, diversity and inclusion for graduate students as outlined in the University's 2013 Report of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity.

He will work with academic departments to increase the access, retention and success of historically underrepresented graduate students, including racial and ethnic minorities, women, first-generation graduate students, low-income students, LGBTQ students, and others.

"I am delighted to join the Princeton community," Trevino said. "More specifically, I am looking forward to working with Dean Kulkarni and the Graduate School leadership team along with students, faculty and staff, in moving diversity and inclusion initiatives forward."

Trevino's duties will include partnering with campus offices, such as Career Services and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, to develop mentoring, professional development and social engagement programs for graduate students. He also will manage the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE), a Graduate School program for undergraduates from across the country who are interested in pursuing doctoral studies.

"By sharing our diverse life experiences and perspectives, we can further the inclusive learning environment at the Graduate School," Trevino said. "I am excited to be part of the Graduate School's efforts to build on its work in this area."

Trevino has been at the Chan School since 2008, serving as the first director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The office's mission is to initiate and support activities that increase diversity and promote cultural competency.

While at Harvard, he has worked closely with Chan School administrators and student leaders to develop programs and activities to support students from diverse backgrounds, such as a faculty ambassador program, an alumni mentor program and a multicultural film series. He co-founded the Association of Harvard Latino Faculty and Staff, and served on a number of Harvard committees focused on issues of diversity and inclusion.

Prior to Harvard, Trevino served for eight years as director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He previously worked at the center as associate and assistant director, as well as a university counselor. Under his leadership, the center provided personal and group counseling, academic planning, cultural programming and student advocacy for diverse student populations.

Trevino's higher education career began in the Office of Admissions at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he developed an admissions volunteer program called the Minority Alumni Network among other initiatives.

He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a master's degree in education from Colorado State University and a doctoral degree in education leadership and innovation from the University of Colorado-Denver. He also holds an executive management program certificate from the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Trevino is a member of various professional organizations, including the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the American Counseling Association and the National Association for Multicultural Education, and serves as a Planning Board member of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.