Emelyn dela Peña, EdD, recently joined Washington University in St. Louis as the new Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). In her new role, dela Peña will lead the work of the CDI, which provides support and advocacy for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations and creates collaborative partnerships with campus and community members to promote dialogue and social change.
An experienced leader in higher education, Dr. dela Peña has spent more than two decades as an administrator and teacher. She served as Assistant Dean of Student Life for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard College.
Emelyn dela Peña graduated from the University of California – San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies, earned her master’s degree in education from San Diego State University and her doctor of education through a joint program of UC San Diego, San Diego State and California State University – San Marcos. She was honored last year with the Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Distinction Award, and was recognized by UC San Diego three times – in 2001, 2006 and 2010 – with its Diversity Champion Award.