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Dr. Alfredo Medina Named Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer

Bennington College has announced that Dr. Alfredo Medina has been appointed as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer following a national search led by Spelman Johnson.

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Dr. Medina will join the College on June 14th.

“Dr. Medina is a collaborator, facilitator, and strategist,” said President Laura Walker. “As a member of the College’s Senior leadership team, he will engage with students to build a community in which every student is welcome; work with faculty, staff and the President’s Working Group to develop and implement plans so that we can live our core values as an inclusive and antiracist campus.”

Dr. Medina is currently serving as the Executive Director, Office for Public Engagement and Associate Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Albany. Dr. Medina previously served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Risk Management and Compliance at Siena College.

Reflecting on his new role, Dr. Medina said, “As a first-generation college graduate and staunch supporter of the liberal arts tradition, I’m excited to join Bennington College in its quest to become a diverse, equitable, and antiracist institution. Given Bennington’s longstanding commitment to the arts and humanities and intellectual inquiry, I envision an institutional culture and environment rooted in social justice, equity, and inclusive excellence. I’m looking forward to working collectively with the Bennington community and external stakeholders to bring this bold vision to fruition.” 

Dr. Medina holds a doctorate in educational policy and leadership and master's degrees in educational administration and policy studies as well as educational psychology and statistics from the State University at Albany. He has a BA in Psychology from Utica College of Syracuse University.