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Dr. Christine Navia serves as vice president for inclusive excellence and leader of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion actively works to promote a more equitable and inclusive campus community through strategic initiatives aimed at broadening recruiting pathways for underrepresented students, faculty and staff; recognizing and celebrating the diversity of the Marquette community; and providing opportunities for education and leadership centered on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
As the child of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to attend college, Navia is passionate about creating living and learning environments that enable all students to thrive in college, especially those who are first generation and students of color. She is actively engaged as a consultant and partner to several equity-driven national higher education organizations, including the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Excelencia in Education and the National Association of System Heads.
Prior to Marquette, Navia held key leadership positions within University of Wisconsin System administration, including as the associate vice president for student success and the interim special assistant to the president for equity, diversity and inclusion. In these roles, she oversaw the launch of a systemwide student behavioral health initiative, the redesign of the UW System’s application portal and the establishment of a regents' scholarship that provides financial support to UW students from underrepresented communities.
A Chicago native, Navia earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College and her master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.