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Faculty | Interim Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Jeffrey Emil Diaz

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Jeffrey Emil Diaz is interim chief of diversity, equity and inclusion for St. Francis College, leading the College's ambitious agenda to advance these principles in all areas of college life. He took on the role in November 2020, after Miguel Martinez-Saenz, Ph.D., president of St. Francis College, announced its creation the preceding summer.

In this new position, Diaz collaborates with students, faculty and staff, overseeing a wide range of initiatives. His responsibilities include heading up the newly formed Diversity Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee; recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff; creating seminars and other programming to foster a deeper understanding of relevant issues; helping increase awareness of unconscious bias and its effects on the College community; tapping into and leveraging diversity to enrich how SFC educates and operates; building out the academic curriculum to ensure it includes diverse subject matter and viewpoints; and championing student and alumni efforts to organize and amplify diverse voices.

Diaz is working with St. Francis College as president of Jeffrey Emil Diaz Consulting, a firm he established in 2010 to provide executive coaching to leaders from a wide range of organizations. Among his professional accomplishments, Diaz co-founded and directed the Employee Development Center at Cornell University, where he and his staff provided employee assistance programming to 80 corporate, academic, not-for-profit, financial and cultural institutions. He founded the Midtown Center for Treatment and Research, aimed at the health of working people in the skilled trades. He has served as counseling advisor to Major League Baseball and has worked with the National Football League.

In the aftermath of September 11, PBS featured Diaz as a corporate expert on its "Reach Out to Heal," a national television program during which he offered guidance to corporate and institutional leadership and employees.

Diaz is a graduate of Fordham University and earned his master’s degree from Columbia School of Social Work, where he has taught for many years including courses on diversity. He has been a preceptor at Weill Cornell Medicine and taught at other major universities.