Saint Mary’s Appoints Kathy Littles as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Senior Diversity Officer

Kathy Littles, PhDSaint Mary’s College of California has named Kathy Littles ’94, PhD as the inaugural associate provost for Faculty Affairs and Senior Diversity Officer. She will join Saint Mary’s on July 1, 2019.

Littles comes to Saint Mary’s from the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS), where she currently serves as dean of the School of Consciousness and Transformation and director of the Transformative Inquiry Department. She brings to Saint Mary’s many years of leadership experience in higher education, diversity and inclusion, and arts and culture. Her tenure of experience also includes faculty positions at the University of California at Davis, Berkeley City College, and the College of Marin. Prior to her academic career, she served as the arts education coordinator for Monterey County, as well as the Cultural Funding Program coordinator for the City of Oakland.

An alumna of Saint Mary’s, Littles possesses a strong commitment to the Lasallian Catholic liberal arts mission of the College. Throughout her career, Littles’ work has been characterized by a focus on education of the whole person, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her list of accomplishments includes creating faculty recruitment protocols aimed at increasing diversity, developing faculty orientation and mentoring programs, curriculum development, and strategic planning.

“Dr. Littles brings to Saint Mary’s a strong commitment to the core values of the Lasallian Catholic Mission—values that she has embodied since she was an undergraduate student at the College. Her extensive administrative and faculty experience, and her visionary leadership on diversity and inclusion initiatives will be tremendous assets to Saint Mary’s,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Margaret Kasimatis.

Littles expressed her excitement to join the Saint Mary’s community and to return to the very place where her higher education journey began. “As an alumna of Saint Mary’s College ’94, I have embodied the Lasallian values in every position that I have held since graduating from Saint. Mary’s. My administrative and faculty experience have provided me with an excellent lens with which to fulfill the role of associate provost for Faculty Affairs and Senior Diversity Officer. I look forward to providing leadership and expertise on diversity and inclusion initiatives, and creating a transformative space where issues of cultural responsiveness, equity, and inclusion in and out of the classroom can be addressed. Together, we can build a Saint Mary's College community of transparency, authenticity, and inclusivity,” said Littles.

An accomplished scholar, Little has authored journal articles and presentations on a range of topics, including leadership and power dynamics, critical race theory, feminist theory, African art, and the semiotics of museums and ethnic art. She earned a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of California at Davis, an MA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Anthropology and Art from Saint Mary’s College of California.