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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Jacquelyn Valerie Reza

Dr. J. V. Reza is an internationally recognized consultant in the areas of diversity, inclusion, culturally responsive education, social justice and equity.  Her clients range from George Soro’s, Open Society Institute to all levels of education and industry.  Among Dr. Reza’s writings are articles on Latina Leadership in Higher Education, Latina identity and Self-Transformation through Critical Literacy, Reflections and Actions.  Dr. Reza has written a book for the Open Society Institute, Anti-biased Curriculum for the Heart, which has been translated into 22 languages of the Eastern Block European countries.  Dr. Reza received her doctorate in International & Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. She holds degrees from San Francisco State University in La Raza Studies (BA) and two Masters Degrees in Counseling (Rehabilitation Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy). She a BS from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria in Zoology.  Dr. Reza has served her various communities by testifying before the California State Legislature regarding the needs of minority and first time college students, helped draft state policy mandating qualifications counseling faculty need to acquire in order to effectively work successfully with diverse student populations.  In 2014, Dr. Reza received the League for Innovation, John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award.  Other honors include Northern California Chicana Scholarship Foundation for her leadership within the Latina/Chicana communities, Golden Torch Award from San Francisco State University’s Alumni Association, is a recipient of the Women Leaders in Education Award from Santa Clara County Women in Education Assn., the National Woman of the Year Award and the National Outstanding Young Woman of America Award.

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