Diversity Trainers Institute

Initiated in 2000, the Student Affairs Task Force on Campus Community provided recommendations to formalize practices and procedures that would enhance support of campus diversity and the UC Davis Principles of Community. The objectives of the task force were:

  • To identify programmatic elements and issues addressing and promoting diversity;
  • To develop program presentations on a variety of diversity-related topics;
  • To develop a train-the-trainers program by recruiting a cadre of individuals who will serve as diversity trainers/educators to develop and facilitate a variety of  diversity-related workshops upon request from campus units/departments and groups;
  • To recommend other approaches in institutionalizing diversity education as part of staff development opportunities.

From this effort, the Diversity Trainers Institute was created. Managed by Diversity & Inclusion Education and Trainingthe Institute consists of UC Davis staff members who develop training modules/course curricula and serve as diversity trainers/educators for the campus, while also serving as instructors of the various diversity-related courses offered through Staff Development and Professional Services and Human Resources Learning & Development

Members of the Diversity Trainers Institute

Lisa Brodkey, M.A.T., is the Director of Faculty Relations and Development in Academic Affairs. Previously she was the Director of the Harassment & Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP) and served as the campus Sexual Harassment Officer. Prior to the creation of HDAPP in 2012, Lisa directed the campus Sexual Harassment Education Program for over twenty years. She has developed and facilitated workshops and presentations on sexual harassment and discrimination for many different campus constituencies: staff, supervisors, managers, academics, students, student organizations and more. Lisa consults with an equally wide range of campus community members on interpreting relevant UC and UCD policies, and on strategies for resolving complaints of harassment and discrimination. Lisa received her B.A. from Yale University, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Lili Bynes has been in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Dean’s Office since 2003 and at UC Davis since 2002. Prior to coming to UC Davis Lili worked in a variety of environments ranging from street outreach in the San Diego area as a health educator for HIV prevention, guiding Oakland high school students to post-secondary educational options, as well as involvement with incarcerated populations for behavior change programs and financial aid assistance. Lili’s primary goal is to honor the layers of the identity of the client with a holistic approach while creatively finding ways to support their personal goals.

elizabeth cotè is a Case Manager in the Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs.  Previously she served as the Director of the UC Davis LGBTQIA+ Resource Center. She has a B.A. in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development from The University of Iowa. She has worked in student affairs with a focus in social justice and serving historically underrepresented populations for the past five years. Elizabeth previously worked in direct mental health services and juvenile justice research. Elizabeth is a first generation college graduate of mixed Chican@ and white heritage who grew up in a rural community in Northern California. 

Brad Horton serves as the International Academic Counselor for the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, providing comprehensive advising to international students with a focus on developing programming for first-year transfer and freshmen students to help them transition to UC Davis. Having taught ESL overseas for over 2 years,  Brad has direct experience with the challenges of learning a new language and culture. He has more than 10 years working with diverse student populations in higher education specifically in the fields of advising, program management, and strategic planning of student services.  

Lyndon Huling, Ed.D., is Manager, Leadership Recruitment & Diversity Services. He has a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership, and completed his undergraduate education at UC Davis as well. Prior to his current role, Lyndon worked in various positions where he advocated for the needs of our diverse students, staff, and faculty. Most recently, he has been active with the Staff Diversity Administrative Advisory Committee and Staff Assembly. He is passionate about doing his part to make UC Davis a welcoming and inclusive community to everyone, and giving back to his alma mater.

Vickie Gomez, Ed.D., is the  Director for Campus and Community Engagement with the Office of Campus Community Relations, in the Office of the Chancellor.  Previous experience includes, 5 years as Academic Counselor in the College of Letters and Science Deans Office.  Prior to joining UC Davis, she worked for 13 years at San Jose State University as Assistant Director/Counseling Coordinator of Student Support Services, a Trio program.   She has been a member of the UC Davis Diversity Trainers Institute since 2006, a team of UC Davis trainers who develop, teach and facilitate workshops and courses for students, staff and faculty on issues related to social justice and diversity education.   Vickie has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education and, she also holds a Community College Teaching Credential in Psychology and has taught at Evergreen Community College in San Jose.

Eric Sanchez, M.Ed., serves as a Diversity and Inclusion Educator for the University of California, Davis in the Office of Campus Community Relations, a unit in the Office of the Chancellor. Eric supports the campus diversity education program which includes being called upon by academic and administrative departments and units regarding diversity and inclusion issues. Having worked with UC Davis undergraduates in the areas of retention, persistence, and graduation since 2001, he serves as a strong resource and frame of reference for the intersection on diversity and inclusion topics with the undergraduate experience. Prior to joining the Office of Campus and Community Relations in 2018 he served as the Assistant Director of the UC Davis TRIO Scholars Program (SSS); a federally grant funded program serving low-income and first-generation undergraduates at UC Davis. An alumnus of UC Davis, Eric has been on campus since 1999 and has facilitated a myriad of diversity and inclusion themed workshops, trainings, courses, and presentations since 2002; including the Developing Deeper Advising Relationships series.

Binnie Singh, M.A., is the Assistant Vice Provost, in the Office of the Vice Provost, Academic Affairs. In this role, she serves as the primary liaison between Academic Affairs and other units and organizations, both on campus and systemwide, and assists the Vice Provost – Academic Affairs by serving as Chief of Staff and supporting key initiatives. In this role, she also leads strategic planning, implementation and innovation for matters affecting academic personnel at UC Davis. Prior, she served for over 10 years as the Director of Faculty Relations and Development in Academic Affairs consulting with campus leaders on resolving conflicts that involve academic employees and creating and coordinating academic development programs. Before UC Davis, Binnie worked for the City and County of San Francisco for 12 years. She has over 29 years of experience in a large breadth of human resource and leadership areas, including organizational development, strategic planning, equal employment opportunity, recruitment and retention, personnel selection, labor relations and training/development.

Harold Stewart-Carballo is the Regional Assistant Director with the UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program. Harold came to UC Davis from the Peninsula Community Foundation in San Mateo, CA where he worked as a program manager with the foundation’s county-wide Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. Harold has spent the last 15+ years working as an advocate for access and equity in K-12 and Higher Education. He is also the founding director of a community based non-profit dedicated to preparing families and students for the rigors of academia. To date, he continues to be active in social justice work as a board member of the local Sacramento Valley Organizing Community. Harold is also an active member of the UC Davis campus’s Diversity Trainers Institute, a team of volunteer trainers who develop, teach and facilitate workshops and courses to students, staff and faculty on issues related to social justice and diversity education.

Mikael Villalobos, Ed.D. is the Associate Chief Diversity Officer with the Office of Campus Community Relations in the Offices of the Chancellor at UC Davis. Prior to joining the Office of Campus Community Relations in 2008, he served as a Regional Outreach Coordinator, Assistant Director and Educational Partnership Manager with the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), an academic preparation program within the UC Davis Division of Student Affairs. Active in social justice work and diversity education, Mikael is also a senior member of Diversity Trainers Institute, a team of UC Davis diversity educators who develop, teach and facilitate workshops and courses to students, staff and faculty on topics related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.  A UC Davis alumnus, Mikael has been a UC Davis staff member since 1993.  He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Davis. He also has a consulting practice in diversity education, conflict mediation and organizational development.

Catrina Wagner, M.Ed., has worked at UC Davis since 1995 and is currently the Director of New Student Academic Services and the Associate Director of Student Development in Student Housing. Catrina regularly co-instructs with faculty a Freshmen Seminar entitled, "Navigating the Research University," which helps new students to discover the complexities and opportunities of attending a research institution. Catrina has been a member of the Office of Campus Community Relations Diversity Trainers Institute since 2001, where she develops and facilitates workshops and training programs on issues related to social justice and diversity education for faculty, staff, students and community members. Catrina also serves as the Coordinator and Trainer for the LGBTI Speaker's Bureau of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee, a volunteer organization whose primary goal is to educate and impact others' understanding of LGBTI issues through the sharing of personal stories. Catrina received her B.A. in Psychology from California Lutheran University and her Master of Education in College Student Personnel from Ohio University and is a private consultant in diversity education and organizational development.