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Dr. Viridiana Diaz

Dr. Viridiana Diaz                                  Vice President for Student Affairs      (760) 750-4056 | Craven Hall 3600                                 

Dr. Diaz began her tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs at CSUSM on January 13, 2022. Prior to joining our campus community she served as associate vice president for Strategic Student Support Programs at California State University, Sacramento, where she served as one of the primary vehicles for leveraging student success initiatives, breaking down systemic barriers to success, tending to equity gaps, and achieving goals set for by the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 through program development, implementation, assessment, project management and fundraising.

Her career in higher education has spanned 20 years, all of it dedicated to creating a more inclusive campus for first-generation, Pell Grant-eligible, migrant, immigrant, undocumented, LGBTQIA+ and out-of-school youth. Previously, she served at Sacramento State as assistant vice president for strategic diversity initiatives, special assistant to the president, co-director for the DEGREES (Dedicated to Educating, Graduating and Retaining Educational Equity Students) program, director of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), career counselor/coordinator and admissions and outreach counselor.

Dr. Diaz brings a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion as well as cross-divisional campus partnerships and community engagement. Her impressive career is in perfect alignment with our collective dedication to student success here at CSUSM.

As a first-generation college student, Dr. Diaz completed a bachelor's degree in communications studies, a master's degree in Latin American literature, a second master's degree in history and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy. She is also a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Academy, Stanford University’s Executive Leadership Management Institute and the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.

She is serving as a 2020-2021 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Leadership Academy fellow and as a 2021-2022 American Leadership Forum Mountain Valley Chapter Class of XXV fellow. Furthermore, she is a recipient of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Latina Star Award and was named by the Vida en el Valle newspaper as one of the “People Who Have Left a Mark in the Sacramento Area.”


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