Suresh Appavoo, EdD Vice President for Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism
Dr. Appavoo joined WesternU in November 2021 as the University’s first Vice President for Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in higher education leading Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Anti-Racist initiatives, plans and programs. He previously served as Senior Executive for Equity and Diversity/Title-IX Coordinator for Southern Oregon University in Ashland where he oversaw and led comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion planning, operations, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring for the institution. Dr. Appavoo earned his Doctor of International and Multicultural Education (EdD) degree from the University of San Francisco, a Master of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale, Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. His research and practice focus on intersectionality, transformative DEI leadership, and systemic change-agency in higher education.