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Yolanda Moses to Join UCR

Noted Higher Education Expert Yolanda T. Moses to Join UCR

Moses to Serve as Consultant on Excellence and Diversity Issues

(August 6, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Aug. 6, 2003 — University of California, Riverside Chancellor, France A. Córdova, today announced that Dr. Yolanda T. Moses, recognized expert on cultural change in higher education and cultural diversity and public policy issues, will join UC Riverside in mid-August as a consultant to the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor. Moses is also a noted anthropologist who received her doctorate from UCR.

"I am pleased and honored that Dr. Moses, one of UC Riverside’s own distinguished alumni, has agreed to return to us in a leadership role," said Chancellor Córdova. "Her knowledge, experience and national leadership in the field of cultural change and diversity are well suited to assist the campus at this critical time of growth and opportunity."

Dr. Moses will assist UC Riverside in developing a strategic plan to build excellence in curriculum, programs, research and service by building on diversity of ideas, backgrounds and cultures. In consultation with faculty, students and administrators, she will develop and implement a plan to hire and retain a more diverse faculty and a more representative graduate student body, and will foster strategies that encourage communication and dialog between students, staff and faculty.

"Dr. Moses has been a central figure on issues of cultural change and diversity for more than a decade," said William Jury, UC Riverside interim executive vice chancellor and provost. "I look forward to working with her and developing a strategic hiring plan as we move forward in building our faculty ranks."

"This will be like coming home for me," said Moses. "It isn’t often that you have an opportunity to return to a campus you have known from a student’s perspective and play a key role in helping shape its future. I am excited and enthusiastic about the possibilities."

On July 31 Dr. Moses completed a three-year term as president of the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE), the oldest national organization dedicated to the advancement of higher education, based in Washington, D.C. and composed of faculty, administrators and graduate students. Prior to her position at AAHE, Dr. Moses served as President of The City College of New York/CUNY from 1993 to 1999 where she also held the position of professor in the Graduate Department of Anthropology. She joined CCNY from California State University, Dominguez Hills where she was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Anthropology, a position she had held from 1988. From 1982 to 1988 she was Dean of the College of the Arts and Professor of Social Science (Anthropology) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

A nationally recognized expert on cultural diversity, Dr. Moses was selected by the Ford Foundation as one of four consultants in the country to evaluate its diversity projects in universities and colleges across the nation. Her writing, research and lecturing in this area have taken her to New Zealand, Japan, India, Eastern Europe and South Africa.

The 56 year-old Moses is a native of Los Angeles. She received her A.A. degree from San Bernardino Valley College in 1966, a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with highest honors from California State University, San Bernardino in 1968 and her master’s and doctorate with highest honors in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside in 1976.

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