Announcing new AVC of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

by Athith Krishna, International Peer
Friday, July 30, 2021 7:00 AM


The UCSB Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sharon Tettegah as an Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Sharon Tettegah, a professor of Black Studies is the current Director at the Center of Black Studies Research (CBSR). While leading the CBSR, Tettegah has been passionate about focusing on the needs of individuals and groups in the Black Diaspora and advocates for diversity and inclusion for all students. Tettegah’s mission has been to support and implement research programs that promote retention, persistence and graduation, within science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields of study, for Black and Latinx groups. To assist with her mission, Tettegah created the Student Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science (SEEDS) project where she and other UCSB personnel will mentor twenty to thirty students; the students will be exposed to data science without taking a formal course.

Prior to UCSB, she was an Associate Dean for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Additionally, she was the Program Chair of Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching and Agency in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, at Urbana Champaign, and held an appointment in Cognitive Neuroscience in Bio-Intelligence at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. She also served as a program officer at the National Science Foundation across multiple directorates, CISE, EHR and Geosciences.

With over twenty years of teaching and research experience, Sharon Tettegah is committed to serving diverse and underrepresented groups by continuing her mission through teaching, mentorship, research and helping students build a community where everyone has the resources that they need to achieve success and equality.

UCSB DEI Office is pleased that Dr. Tettegah has agreed to join their office as of July 1, 2021 and hope that you will join them in congratulating Dr. Tettegah on her new appointment. Read more here