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Associate Vice Provost for Educational Equity

Dr. Sonia DeLuca Fernández
 

Dr. Sonia DeLuca Fernández is the associate vice provost for Educational Equity at The Pennsylvania State University. In this capacity she engages assessment and strategic planning for diversity, equity, and inclusion, working collaboratively with colleagues, units, and colleges throughout the Commonwealth. She assists the Office of the President in convening the three commissions for equity, including the Commission for Women, the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity, and the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity.

With a focus on identifying structural barriers that inhibit equity in higher education, DeLuca Fernández supports the creation and assessment of programs and policies to forward inclusion at Penn State. This includes, for example, overseeing the Equal Opportunity Planning Committee (EOPC), which provides seed grants for initiatives designed to engage innovation in curriculum, employee retention, student retention, employee recruitment, student recruitment, leadership development, organizational or climate change. And, she has worked with University partners to improve hiring practices, administer a diversity climate survey, and produce a student-authored “welcome to college” orientation performance.

Within Educational Equity, DeLuca Fernández coordinates a range of administrative initiatives, including marketing and communications, data collection, and facilities oversight.

“Each day I am inspired by incredible students and colleagues dedicated to the continual improvement of this special place. We are at an important juncture for the progression of justice and equity; and we need widespread participation to create a better future.”

Reflecting on her work at Penn State, DeLuca Fernández shared, “Each day I am inspired by incredible students and colleagues dedicated to the continual improvement of this special place. We are at an important juncture for the progression of justice and equity; and we need widespread participation to create a better future.”

DeLuca Fernández received a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in social foundations of education, and a B.A. in African American Studies, both from the University of Iowa. Before joining Penn State in 2016, DeLuca Fernández held positions at New York University, Rutgers, and the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul).

Sonia DeLuca Fernández, Ph.D.
313 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
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