Office for Institutional Diversity

Institutional Diversity Staff

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  • Phyllis Esposito, PhD
  • Vice-President and Dean for Institutional Diversity
  • Office: Eliot 312
  • 503-517-4762

The dean for institutional diversity is the chief diversity officer of the college. The dean reports to the president and works closely with the dean of faculty, Reed’s chief academic officer. The dean for institutional diversity oversees the functions of the office for institutional diversity. As chief diversity officer, the dean’s goals are primarily to:

  • create institutional vision and strategy supporting the college’s commitment to being a diverse and inclusive learning, teaching, and working environment;
  • implement systems and infrastructure to support, encourage, and promote those strategies and goals;
  • provide leadership by working with the president’s cabinet and senior staff to ensure that all aspects of college life reflect the fundamental principals of intellectual pluralism espoused in the college’s founding documents;
  • develop relationships in the broader Portland community which align with Reed’s commitment to intellectual pluralism and which promote the college’s dedication to academic rigor;
  • provide opportunities for Reed students, staff, faculty, and intersecting communities to deepen their understanding and knowledge of a diverse array of peoples, ideas, and areas of intellectual inquiry.

Just a few things to know about me!
The place I call home is Kansas City, Missouri.

I am a mother to three amazing adults and 1 awesome dog (Gromit); I am a wife, a sister to 6 brothers and 1 sister and the daughter of Herbert and Birvee Paige. I like reading Swedish Crime Novels, and I am obsessed with watching The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men and Pose.

I taught 3rd grade through graduate school. I miss teaching. My field of study is rooted in the social foundations of education which consists of the philosophy, history, and sociology of education. My approach to teaching and learning embraces a womanist caring framework, the foundation of which comes for the deep traditions of Black/African American Female educators, defined by an embrace of maternal, political clarity, and an ethic of risk.

If asked, my friends and those who I have worked with before would hopefully say that I lead with my heart, and I try to listen deeply. 


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  • Cameo Lyn West, PhD
  • Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity
  • Office: Eliot 119
  • Virtual office hours: Thursdays, 10 a.m.–11 a.m. (Zoom ID: 475 332 6342) 

The associate dean for institutional diversity is responsible for developing and facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)-focused professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. The associate dean also manages a DEI research and assessment program that tracks departmental climate through various qualitative instruments, and that publicly-available data is then used to develop action items that address climate issues. Dr. West obtained her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, San Diego, and was awarded a Postdoctral Fellowship in DEI Education Studies at that same institution. She also teaches in the English Department at Portland Community College, Sylvania. 

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  • Jessika Chi, PhD
  • Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity
  • Office: Eliot 312
  • 503-517-5065

The assistant dean for institutional diversity serves the office for institutional diversity by implementing and coordinating its various programs, initiatives, and signature events. The assistant dean oversees the Multicultural Resource Center and Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service (SEEDS) Community Engagement programs. These programs and events provide opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and intersecting communities to engage in meaningful conversations that further the development of a fully inclusive learning community. The assistant dean for institutional diversity also supports the Center for Teaching and Learning by coordinating workshops for Reed faculty and staff around inclusive pedagogies and best practices.

Dr. Chi obtained her Ph.D. in Education and Leadership from Pacific University and holds a M.A. in Educational Adminstration and Leadership, Student Affairs. She also teaches in the Student Affairs program at Lewis & Clark College and the Organization & Leadership program at the University of San Francisco.

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  • Shishei Tsang, MA
  • SEEDS Program Director
  • Office: Student Center 112
  • 503-517-7988
  • Shishei (pronunciation: she-shay sang) is a boba connoisseur, artist, Gemini, and student affairs professional. She is an immigrant from Hong Kong, and she strives to continue to represent and preserve her unique Asian-Hong Konger-Chinese American heritage. She also speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Portland are all home for Shishei. As Program Director, Shishei oversees all areas of SEEDS. Shishei has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies (Thematic Plan: Restorative Justice in Higher Education) with a minor in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton and a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from Lewis & Clark College. As an extroverted introvert, you will find Shishei painting, creating DIY projects, playing with her cats (Boba & Ponzu), and reading manga while snacking on Hot Cheetos fries during her free time.