Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion Dania Matos, JD

VCEI Dania Mataos at Sather Gate

Dania Matos
Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion

“Honoring the ideals of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice is about perpetuating beauty in the center of injustice. To do that we must confront our enduring legacy of slavery and the structural inequities that founded this nation with actionable solutions that lead to transformative change.”            

After a national search, Dania Matos was appointed vice chancellor for the Division of Equity & Inclusion (VCEI) at UC Berkeley. She began her tenure on August 16, 2021. 

Dania comes to Berkeley from UC Merced where she served as the inaugural associate chancellor and chief diversity officer since 2019. 

Over the past decade, Matos has led equity and inclusion work in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. Prior to leading UC Merced’s diversity efforts, Matos was the inaugural deputy chief diversity officer at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She also served in the public defender’s office in Virginia, where she said she saw first-hand how the criminal justice system harmed underrepresented communities.

Degrees
J.D. The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law 2008
B.A. Brown University 2003

Leadership - UC Berkeley 
Chancellor's Cabinet
Hispanic Serving Institutions Task Force Co-chair

Fellowships
2020 - Fellow, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Awards
2021 - Top DEI Advocate, National Diversity Council 
2018 - Top 25 Women in Higher Education, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine

Email address:
vcei@berkeley.edu