Dean Evette Castillo Clark Will Become SMC's AVP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dear Saint Mary’s Community, 

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Evette Castillo Clark as the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  

Immediately upon learning of the departure of Dr. Littles to assume the provost position at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), I pursued a series of conversations across campus to identify key priorities for and to protect and advance our institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, I invited input from community members about who might help us as the next Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Dr. Clark’s name emerged clearly as the ideal choice to lead us in this next chapter. 

Dr. Clark brings 28 years of experience in student and academic affairs. She is an accomplished senior-level higher education professional with proven experience in building effective partnerships across the institution, especially in support of student retention, engagement, well-being, and academic success. In addition to her leadership as Dean of Students, and more recently Interim Vice Provost for Student Life, Dr. Clark has been a key leader in our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts. She is a long-standing member of the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE); she helped advocate for and create the Senior Diversity Officer position; she chairs the Bias Incident Response Team and is a member of the Asian Pacific Islander Resource Group and Black Lives Matter, all of which are subcommittees of CCIE; she helped develop the GUIDE training; she is one of the co-chairs for the current Campus Climate Survey Working Group; and she is a Title IX Deputy and serves on the Title IX Committee overseeing compliance and policy. In her Associate Vice President for Student Life position, she oversaw the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the Intercultural Center. In addition to the students that she has served, Evette has helped several key offices and stakeholders develop and/or consult on equitable processes for staff and faculty recruitment, retention, and well-being.  

Dr. Clark has held academic appointments as visiting assistant professor in educational leadership and counseling at the University of New Orleans and adjunct professor at Tulane University and San Diego State University, as well as led the University Advisement Center at CSU East Bay. While at the University of California, Berkeley, she served as an academic advisor at the Haas School of Business, and later oversaw all of the Academic Centers within the residences including the identity-based Living and Learning Communities. Dr. Clark has also held leadership oversight of the Cross-Cultural Center at San Diego State University as well as the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University. Her doctorate is in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. She is a recent alumni fellow of the Executive Leadership Academy program in the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Through all of this work, Dr. Clark has established herself as a hard-working, ethical, caring, respectful, and committed colleague. She is well versed in our mission and values, and completed the Brother John Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice from 2014-2016, with a small inaugural cohort representing Saint Mary’s College. Her commitment to promoting and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education is grounded in her personal and professional experiences. I welcome her to this new role enthusiastically, and I hope you will join me in congratulating Evette as she assumes the position starting January 1, 2022.

Best regards,

Richard Plumb, PhD