Carina Buzo Tipton
Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education
Carina Buzo Tipton currently serves as the Assistant Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Education. In this role, Carina sustains educational partnerships with Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, University Human Resources, the Division of Student Affairs, the Division of Extension and Engagement and other university entities. Carina also supports the Dialogue Facilitation Lab professional learning experience for faculty, staff and graduate employees, as well as leading Change for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, our diversity leadership program.
Carina is a Ph.D. candidate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) with a concentration in Feminist Institutional Change. Her research critically engages the structures of higher education and carceral systems as possible sites for socially just change. She analyzes the ways that institutions on a systematic level are experienced by people on an individual level. As a scholar in feminist studies, Carina believes in the power and necessity of grounding DEI work in her own subjectivity. As a queer woman of color, and sexual assault and domestic violence survivor, Carina’s own identities are intertwined in her DEI education work, which provides her an attentiveness and care to systems of oppression and liberation. These identities allow Carina to incorporate a lived experience expertise in DEI education methods. Carina sees education as a key to addressing interlocking systems of oppression. Her dissertation, “Curandera Feminism: Tracing the Possibilities of Healing Institutional Harm”, weaves together familial knowledge, traditional healing practices and trauma informed feminist pedagogies to integrate the impacts of institutional harm while creating pathways towards futures of accountability and healing. Her published work reaches across many topics including: sexual assault education and consent work, carceral institutional critique, trauma informed pedagogies, Chicanx/Latine gender and sexuality, and student development.
Carina has a passion for DEI work that is rooted in her family’s experience with racial injustice throughout the 1940s-1960s during repatriation and desegregation. She was born and raised in Stockton, California with her large family – her father, Carlos, is one of twelve children, her mother, Maggie, is one of ten children, and Carina is one of five children. She currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon with her spouse, James, sibling, Julie, and her tuxedo cat, Lincoln.