Yolanda Moses - Administrator, Professor, Diversity Expert - San Bernardino Valley College
San Bernardino Valley College graduate Dr. Yolanda T. Moses has had a successful career in academics. She's served as president of the American Anthropological Association, chair of the Board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, president of City University of New York and president of the American Association for Higher Education. As a national leader in diversity, in 1993 Moses became City University of New York's first female president since it was founded in 1847.
Moses was a member of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2008. She is a proud product of public higher education in California and attributes her success in part, to the excellent education that she received at San Bernardino Valley College, where she received an associate of arts degree.
"It was there that I received the best liberal arts education in the state," Moses said. "That higher education foundation has prepared me for the successes in my professional life to date. My professors at SBVC were caring, fantastic people who believed in me.”
She currently serves as professor of anthropology and associate vice chancellor for diversity, equity and excellence at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Moses’ research focuses on the broad question of the origins of social inequality in complex societies through the use of comparative ethnographic and survey methods. She has explored gender and class disparities in the Caribbean, East Africa and in the United States. More recently, her research has focused on issues of diversity and change in universities and colleges in the United States, India, Europe and South Africa.
She has been on the steering groups of several higher education projects with the National Council for Research on Women, Campus Women Lead and The Women of Color Research Collective. Moses was chair of the national advisory board of a multi-year national public education project sponsored by the American Anthropological Association on race and human variation. The goal of the project was to change the way the nation understood and talked about the meaning and consequences of “race.”
She is at work advancing the role of women faculty in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields fields and is creating a national network for educators to develop an approach to teaching race in high school and in undergraduate social science and biology classes.
At the University of California, she is currently a co-founder and on the steering committee of the University of California Center For New Racial Studies. The mission of the Center is to support innovation in UC-based race/racism research and teaching and to encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative work focused on advancing social/racial justice in an era of changing racial dynamics and persistent racial/ethnic conflict and inequality.
She is the co-author with San Jose State professors Carol Mukhopadhyay and Rosemary Henze of "How Real is Race: Are We So Different?"
Moses is currently a consultant to the American Council on Education’s Project that links international and diversity issues. She is a faculty member in the Salzburg Seminar's ISP Global Citizenship Program in Salzburg, Austria and a faculty member in their on-going Mellon Fellows Program on Global Citizenship. In 2009, Moses was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.
Her faculty positions have included a senior visiting research appointment at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and professor of anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Moses was inducted into the San Bernardino Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame in 1995.
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