Amber Johnson, PhD

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Pronouns - they/them

As a scholar/artist/activist, Dr. Johnson’s research and activism focus on narratives of identity, protest, healing, and social justice in digital media, popular media, and everyday lived experiences. As a polymath, their mixed-media artistry involves working with metals, recycled and reclaimed goods, photography, poetry, percussion, and paint to interrogate systems of oppression and create capacity for different, critical futures. Dr. Amber Johnson is the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff in the Division for Equity & Inclusion at University of...

Amy Scharf, PhD

Director of Faculty and Departmental Diversity Initiatives

Pronouns - she/her

Amy Scharf (she/her) has more than 20 years experience in educational equity and diversity leadership. She currently serves as UC Berkeley's Director of Faculty and Departmental Diversity Initiatives, where she leads departmental equity and inclusion planning efforts, directs key faculty diversityprograms, provides strategic consultation to campus departments and administrators, and leads a wide variety of equity and inclusion workshops and dialogues for faculty, staff and students. She also directs the Multicultural Education Program. Her office is part of the...

Dania Matos, JD

Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion

Pronouns - she/her/ella

Dania Matos leads with love. As the fourth Vice Chancellor for the Division of Equity & Inclusion (E&I) at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and a member of Chancellor Carol Christ’s Cabinet, she guides strategies that prioritize social justice, anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Specifically, she oversees E&I’s opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. Dania also leads divisional Thriving Initiatives, each of which offers culturally responsive services to specific communities across campus.

Dania has...

Elisa Diana Huerta, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor, Educational Justice & Community Engagement

Pronouns - they/them/elle

Dr. Elisa Diana Huerta (they/them/elle) is a Brawley born and Tejas raised organizer, educator, artesanx, and scholar. They did their undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin and their doctoral work at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Elisa’s scholarship and teaching focuses on expressive culture, women of color feminist praxis, hemispheric Indigeneity, radical pedagogy, and community-based research. As the Founding Director of the UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center (MCC), and now Associate Vice Chancellor of EJCE, Elisa...

Fabrizio Mejia

Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Equity & Success

Pronouns - he/him/his

Fabrizio Mejia currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor in the Division of Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley. He is also concurrently working on completing his doctoral degree at UC Davis in Educational Leadership.

The programs under his oversight include the Basic Needs Center, Berkeley Underground Scholars, the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3), the Disabled Students Program, and Equity and Inclusion STEM Programs. These services have a critical impact on the campus’ ability to fulfill its mission of equity, access...

Leonardo Gonzalez

Immediate Office Student Coordinator

Pronouns - he/him

Leonardo is a 2022 HSF Scholar, a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and a 2022 and 2023 Cal Leadership Recipient. He is graduating with his B.A. in Political Science this May. He transferred here from East Los Angeles College, and while there, he earned recognition by being appointed to the Chancellor's office, the Board of Trustees, and the LACCD leadership board. He also held an internship with the local labor union, AFT 1521, and provided a platform to champion students' rights. Leonardo also finds joy in exploring the local coffee scene, taking road trips, and...

Monica Garcia

Manager, Special Projects & Initiatives

Pronouns - she/her/ella

I am excited to be a member of the Equity and Inclusion Immediate Office. I have worked in higher education for over 2 decades now in so many roles - from international student advisor, registrar, executive assistant, EID Officer and more! I love helping students and staff and creating meaningful connections matter most to me. I am a Cal Alum, a former Master Gardener and in my free time I'm either with family and / or gardening and pretending to be a landscape artist.

Villy Somthida

Executive Assistant & Deputy Chief of Staff

Pronouns - she/her

The VCEI Administrative offices manage the calendar of the vice chancellor and the chief of staff, track and process procurement, plan events, and act as the central business operations hub for the division.