Dianne Rush Woods (Photo: Jesse Cantley)
Dianne Rush Woods has been named as the first Diversity Officer for Cal State East Bay. She will coordinate efforts to foster and support diversity, equity and inclusion as core values throughout all aspects of the University community. Her work will emphasize diversity-oriented programs and initiatives including implementation of the University Diversity Plan to ensure that actions are taken to fulfill its commitments. Rush Woods currently serves as the Chief of Staff to CSUEB President Leroy Morishita.
In his communique to the campus, Morishita wrote, “Diversity is essential to our University’s academic excellence, institutional distinction and regional influence. As an educational community, we are dedicated to eliminating barriers to success that arise from race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, linguistic diversity, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, geographical region, personality, learning styles, life experiences or other human characteristics.”
Rush Woods will continue to report directly the president and serve on the President’s Cabinet, the University Planning, Assessment and Budget Committee, and the Academic Senate’s Faculty Diversity and Equity Committee (FDEC) as the presidential appointee. Rush. She will begin her new position on July 1, 2013.