Joined January 2022 Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Ph.D. (he/him/él) is Fenway Health’s first Executive Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Justice. Mark has over 25 years of experience in change management, organizational development, and training and programming around systemic inequities. Prior to joining Fenway Health, Mark served as Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Brandeis University.
Mark is a leading scholar and practitioner within the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As Brandeis University’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, he led efforts to build an equity infrastructure across all areas of Brandeis University. These efforts included establishing an Office of Equal Opportunity, Office of DEI Programs, Training, Education, and Development, an Ombuds Office, and fully establishing the Gender and Sexuality Center.
Before working at Brandeis University, Mark was Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost at Tufts University. He is a contributing editor to Occupying the Academy: Just How Important Is Diversity Work in Higher Education? Mark has consulted as a mediator in conflict resolution for the US Institute of Peace in Medellin, Colombia; Yangon, Myanmar; and Ramallah, West Bank. Mark holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland, where he worked from 1997 through 2015 in the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
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