v diazViridiana Diaz

Assistant Vice President for Strategic Diversity Initiatives

Dr. Viridiana Diaz has been in the field of higher education for the past 15 years. She serves as the Assistant Vice President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives at Sacramento State. She has dedicated her professional career to creating a more inclusive campus for first-generation, Pell-eligible, migrant, immigrant, undocumented, under-served students, including out of school youth. Dr. Diaz provides leadership to the following programs: the College Assistance Migrant Program, the Serna Center, The Dreamer Resource Center, the High School Equivalency Program and the Migrant Student Leadership Institute. These programs offer outreach/admission, academic advising, personal counseling, tutoring, mentoring, peer-based support and population-specific interventions.

 Outside of her role, she spends her time as a speaker empowering youth and their families to make decisions that increase their college participation, persistence and graduation rates. Dr. Diaz attended Sacramento State and received a Bachelor’s of Art in Communication Studies, a Masters of Art in Spanish and a second Masters of Art in History. In 2012, she completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the same institution. She is also a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Academy, Stanford’s Executive Leadership Management Institute, the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and is a Carlos J. Vallejo fellow for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her research and public policy interests are focused on Latino persistence and degree attainment in higher education.

Dr. Diaz is a recipient of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Latina Star Award and was included by the Sacramento Bee’s Vida en el Valle Newspaper on the list of People Who Have Left a Mark in the Sacramento Area.