The UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach announces the newest member of the Office of Diversity and Outreach team, Alejandra Rincón, PhD, Chief of Staff. Effective June 16, she will work closely with me, the Diversity and Outreach team, and the campus and medical center community, to continue our efforts to recruit and retain a top-tier, diverse pool of faculty, staff, and learners, and to foster a respectful and inclusive climate for all.

She is an educator and professional with over 18 years' experience on issues affecting students of color, English Language Learners, immigrant and Latino students. Her experience includes efforts at bilingual and multilingual programs within large urban school districts, work at a university setting and eight years at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund where she managed various programs as well as all aspects of the organization's $30 million annual scholarship giving and served as the organization's spokesperson on educational issues affecting Latinos.

Dr. Rincón is also a published author. In 2008, she published "Undocumented Immigrants and Higher Education: Sí se puede!", the first book that chronicles in a comprehensive way the history of the fight by immigrant students and their supporters to secure access to college across the United States. She is a recognized national speaker on issues related to undocumented immigrants, Latino college access, and educational trends.

She holds a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the 2006 recipient of the Human Relations Award of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC). The NACAC award celebrates someone who dedicates themselves to making postsecondary education opportunities available to historically underrepresented students.