Scott Vignos, J.D.
Interim Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
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Scott Vignos joined Oregon State University in October 2015 and has served as Interim Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer since September 2021. In this role, Scott collaborates with partners across the university to design and lead the Office of Institutional Diversity’s portfolio of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Scott is responsible for guiding implementation of the university’s diversity strategic plan – Innovate & Integrate: Plan for Inclusive Excellence – and consulting with university leaders to create a more just and equitable Oregon State. He serves on the President’s Cabinet, and a variety of university-level committees and task forces.

Scott has an enduring passion for pursuing justice through action. He practiced law in San Francisco at an international law firm and maintained a pro bono practice with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area representing clients seeking asylum in the United States. He has worked at the UC Davis School of Law, designing and leading programs to diversify the legal profession, at the East Bay Community Law Center, advocating for low-income and formerly-incarcerated residents of Oakland and Alameda County, and at the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, representing non-citizen clients in all phases of removal and asylum proceedings.

Scott is the son of an Indian immigrant and his husband is an assistant professor at OSU. His intersectional approach to advancing equitable organizational transformation is informed by his lived experience as a multi-racial, gay man.

Scott earned his J.D. from UC Davis School of Law and his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Corvallis Community Involvement and Diversity Advisory Board.


Teresita Alvarez-Cortez
Acting Assistant Vice President, Strategic Diversity Initiatives
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Teresita Alvarez-Cortez currently serves as the Acting Assistant Vice President for Strategic Diversity Initiatives. In this role, Teresita consults units across campus in strategic planning, leads the bias response team, supports the facilitation of diversity data, and offers coaching and leadership to a variety of equity initiatives. Teresita joins the OID team from her permanent role as the Director for Diversity Initiatives and Programs in University Housing & Dining Services where she has led equity work and served on the department leadership team since 2011.  

With over 16 years of experience working in diversity and equity roles, Teresita is passionate about creating inclusive campus spaces for all students to thrive. She works to create strategic partnerships to advance equity, belonging and success for minoritized students, staff, and faculty. Teresita has previously worked in student life, multicultural affairs, and high school outreach programs, within community college and university settings. Her research interests include multicultural issues in higher education practice and social justice education for students, staff, and faculty. Teresita’s most recent publication “Centering Minoritized Students in Times of Crisis” was featured in the September-October 2020 issue of the ACPA journal About Campus, which focused on higher education in the era of COVID-19. 

Teresita earned her Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Chicano Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Teresita is originally from Carson, California, and is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. She now makes her home in Corvallis, OR with her husband Marcos and daughter Mayeli.  

Jeff Kenney, Ph.D.
Director, Institutional Education for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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Jeff Kenney currently serves as the Director of Institutional Education for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Oregon State University. Jeff first joined OSU in May 2012 and has previously served as the Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Outreach & Services, Associate Director for Research and Assessment and Associate Director for Community Dialogue & Engagement in the department of Diversity & Cultural Engagement.

The focus of Jeff’s career has been the design, implementation and evaluation of curricular and co-curricular strategies for diversity and social justice learning in higher education. Jeff has undertaken numerous service and consultation projects in diverse educational settings including K-12 schools, non-profits, healthcare and correctional institutions.

Jeff has taught at the college level for 10 years, and currently serves as an instructor for the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching and is affiliate faculty within the School of Language, Culture and Society. His areas of research interest include: critical approaches to adult education, faculty development, educational research ethics, and equity frameworks in organizational leadership. Jeff completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Clemson University where he was a Graduate Alumni Fellow. His dissertation research focused on the development of STEM faculty at public colleges and universities who integrate social justice education with their curriculum and instruction. Jeff also earned his M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Clemson University, is a National Certified Counselor, and serves as a part-time staff counselor for Oregon State University's Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). Jeff earned his B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he majored in Comprehensive Studio Art with an emphasis in sculpture.

Miguel Arellano Sanchez
Assistant Director, Outreach
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Miguel joined the Office of Institutional Diversity in the Fall 2021 as the Assistant Director of Outreach. In this role, Miguel is responsible for co-designing educational programming for faculty and staff, supporting bias response efforts and leading signature university-wide OID outreach initiatives and events.

Having completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at OSU, and having held multiple roles across various departments, he brings a strong connection to OSU. Miguel’s career interest and passions focus on broadening access and the supports needed for minoritized college students to learn and flourish in college. His interest also include social class supports for low-income and first generation college students, critical frameworks to teaching and learning, and social justice curriculum development.

Most recently, Miguel served as the Basic Needs Navigator for the Human Services Resource Center, where he was the primary contact for students facing financial crisis and basic needs insecurity. His success prompted support from the Oregon Legislature to fund benefit navigators at all state colleges and universities in Oregon. Prior to that, Miguel worked at Portland Community College as the Multicultural Center Coordinator where he provided strategic leadership in developing and implementing campus-wide equity and inclusion goals.

Miguel is a proud first-generation immigrant and college graduate. He grew up in Woodburn, Oregon, where he spent most summers working agricultural jobs. Now, much of his free time and summers revolve around his two young daughters, Luna and Nova, which includes coaching soccer, the local Valley Rock Gym, and being outdoors when possible. He currently serves as board president for DevNW, an affordable housing and community development non-profit organization.

Dawn Marie Alapisco, M.A. 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) Coordinator
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Dawn Marie Alapisco joined the Office of Institutional Diversity as the NAGPRA Coordinator in July 2018. A former geriatric nurse, Dawn Marie returned to school for an advanced nursing degree only to fall in love with anthropology. She fell even deeper by working with the 2009 OSU Archeological Field School at the Newell Homestead in Champoeg, Oregon and the Bake House at Fort Yamhill, Oregon.

Her concerns surrounding quality of life and end of life issues led her into the field of human osteology and bioarchaeology. She received her HBS in Physical Anthropology/Archaeology from Oregon State University’s Honors College in 2012. Going straight into her Master’s program at OSU, she completed her Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology with the curation of the Umm el-Jimal Osteological Research Collection from Umm el-Jimal, Jordan. This collection, representing a population in transition from nomadic pastoralism to semi-settled agriculture, also represents a population caught in the middle of a series of rapidly changing sociopolitical settings. Dawn Marie’s primary research interests with the Umm el-Jimal Osteological Research Collection have focused on maternal and infant nutritional health during both the political and subsistence strategy transitions and how changes in nutrition influence bone development and maintenance through the lifespan. A secondary area of interest involves the gendered division of labor and increase in social stratification within this population.

Dawn Marie's experience with the people of Umm el-Jimal and passion for justice, especially for those who can no longer speak for themselves, naturally informs her work with NAGPRA and her responsibility to the ethical care of those Native ancestors temporarily in the care of Oregon State University. She has previously worked with the Office of Research Integrity and the Anthropology program here at OSU.

Pamela Johnson
Executive Assistant to VPCDO
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Pamela Johnson joined the Office of Institutional Diversity in April 2016. Before coming to Oregon State University, she worked in bookstores for 15 years in a variety of positions, starting as a bookseller at Borders Books and Music in Naperville, Illinois, and being promoted to assistant manager at Borders Stores in Salem and Corvallis. Most recently she was the Events & Marketing Coordinator at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis.

Pamela earned her B.A. in Journalism at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She has a lifelong love of stories and books, and is working to complete her own novel. With a strong belief that everybody has a story, and that by sharing our stories we can learn from each other and connect, she is excited to be working at Oregon State with so many different people.