Scott Vignos, J.D.
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Diversity Initiatives
Scott Vignos joined Oregon State University in October 2015, served as Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity July 2016 to December 2018, and has served in his current position since January 2019. In this role, Scott works closely with the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer to design and implement the Office of Institutional Diversity’s portfolio of university-wide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Scott is responsible for assessing implementation of the university’s diversity strategic plan, coordinates the university’s Bias Incident Response Team, and serves on a variety of university committees and task forces.
Scott has an enduring passion for justice through action. Scott practiced law in San Francisco at an international law firm and maintained a wide-ranging pro bono practice representing clients seeking asylum in the United States. During his legal training, he worked at the East Bay Community Law Center, representing low-income and formerly-incarcerated residents of Oakland and Alameda County, and as an advocate at the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, representing clients in all phases of removal and asylum proceedings.
Transitioning to a career in higher education, Scott served as Associate Director of Admissions and Outreach at UC Davis School of Law. At UC Davis, he directed the law school's state-wide outreach and pipeline development programs seeking to increase the representation, retention and success of first-generation and low-income students in law school and the legal profession. He also partnered with the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic to conduct legal research on novel immigration law issues.
Scott earned his J.D. from UC Davis School of Law where he was a California Bar Foundation Public Interest Fellow. Scott earned his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where he majored in Sociology and Anthropology. He currently serves on the Corvallis Community Involvement and Diversity Advisory Board.