Rafael Zapata began his tenure as Fordham University’s first Chief Diversity Officer, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs on January 16, 2018. His charge is to work collaboratively across the University and local communities to assess and enhance Fordham’s institutional infrastructure to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and academic excellence. Rafael has close 20 years of administrative experience in higher education at private universities and liberal arts colleges, both secular and religiously- affiliated.