Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Outreach and Success
Mary Taylor serves as the Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Outreach and Success. In her role, Mary oversees Educational Opportunity Programs, Outreach and Success; Inclusive SDSU; and the Office for Restorative Practices. Prior to this role she served as the Executive Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships Outreach and Success. Mary has over 18 years of student services experience and a passion for student access and success. She began her career at UCSD where she served as an intake advisor for the Career Services Center, Counselor and later Director of the TRIO Student Support Services Program, and as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Eleanor Roosevelt College. In the non-profit sector, Mary has served as the Director of Reality Changers’ College Apps Academy Program and as the Interim Executive Director of the Elementary Institute of Science. In 2014, she was the recipient of the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award for her work in creating and developing the College Apps Academy Program at Reality Changers and was a Janet Chrispeels Doctoral Fellow in Educational Leadership at UCSD in recognition of her work serving low income/underserved students and families. As a scholar, Mary has a research agenda focused on educational equity and access for marginalized and underserved students, Black student success in higher education, college access, success and completion, and non-profit collaboration with educational institutions. Mary earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UCSD, Her Master’s degree in Student Affairs from SDSU, her certificate in College Admissions Advising from UCLA, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the UCSD/CSUSM Joint Doctoral Program (research topic: Black Student Success in Higher Education: An Asset-Based Examination of Individual and Institutional Factors).