Jade Aguilar, as Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, works to advance Willamette’s commitments to be a more equitable and inclusive community. She provides leadership in the planning, coordination, implementation, and assessment of Willamette’s educational, operational and strategic goals around equity, diversity, and inclusion. A professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Aguilar has taught a broad range of classes in the sociology of gender, sexualities and families. Her scholarly areas of interest/work are in the intersections of gender and sexuality with race and class. She has received several teaching awards and her research has appeared in scholarly journals including the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Utopian Studies. She has presented training workshops and led discussions on diversity and equity issues including race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability across the state. She has also served as a diversity advisor on faculty and administrative job searches, worked with the CLA Admissions office on improving underrepresented student recruitment and retention, and conducted grant-funded research on improving mentorship for junior faculty. She also served as co-chair of the equity and inclusion task force.
Aguilar grew up in New Mexico and has lived across the Mountain West. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.