Your Strategic Partner for Training in the Key Areas of:
REVISIONS OF SPECIFIC STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES TO BUILD EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S DNA
BUILDING AND SUSTAINING AWARENESS
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
INSTRUCTION DESIGNED FOR CHANGE
Dr. Valizadeh is a student-focused program leader, curriculum developer, and educator at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Southern California’s (USC) Race and Equity Center with expertise on the most pressing issues of social justice, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education. She is also an innovative leader with solid experience managing all levels of multiple projects including policy development and interpretation, budgeting, and grant management. She is highly equipped to design and lead programs with a strong focus on: developing faculty, enhancing practitioner efficacy, increasing retention rates, and improving campus climate for underrepresented students through race-conscious and equity-minded approaches.
Fighting Against Sexual Violence
Dr. Valizadeh incorporates sexual assault education and prevention into her curriculum with a special focus on intersectionality and womxn with multiple identities. She also works with survivors through her role at Peace Over Violence, and by supporting events such as the 2018 Amber Rose Slutwalk, where she performed her "Survivor Solidarity" rhyme to a crowd of over 22,000 people on the day of the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Programmatic Design to Teach Equity-Centered Leadership
Dr. Valizadeh has designed multiple workshops and training seminars focused on addressing and advancing racial and gender equity and improving the experiences of underrepresented students in K-16 settings. She works closely with administrators, Equity Steering Committee members, Academic Senate, and other participating faculty and staff on equity-centered leadership, effective college planning, and policy creation. She specializes in building a brave space that caters to each institution’s needs and facilitates solution-oriented approaches toward academic achievement and success.
Community and Educational Impact
Dr. V’s work with the LA Community College District’s $15 million Career Pathways Trust Grant provided college readiness and career exposure in high-demand fields to thousands of LA County high school students. Her small team was able to surpass the district’s four-year goal within the first year. Prior to that project, she was the Director of Education and Outreach for USC Covered California’s $500,000 grant-funded HOME + STEM project. This project’s work led to local news coverage and to over 1 million outreaches, surpassing goal expectations by over 75%. In addition, a qualitative study evaluating the experiences of the community college and graduate student workers involved showed that the HOME+STEM project had a positive impact on their science identity. She has presented the findings of this study along with several other studies pertaining to STEM talent development at the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Before transitioning into a career in Higher Education Administration, Dr. V worked as a Tax Senior Consultant in Financial Services for Deloitte Tax LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2007, she participated in a two-month rotation in Hyderabad, India, where she trained over 40 new staff members and helped establish a foundation and international presence for the Boston and New York offices to build upon.