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Beth Olivares

Dean for Diversity Initiatives, Director, David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, Faculty Development and Diversity Officer
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Areas of expertise: educational access and equity for low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented minority students; graduate school admissions and retention; faculty diversity

Press contact:
James Mandelaro

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Beth Olivares Appointed Associate Dean for Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering at Rochester
August 02, 2010

Throughout her career as an educator and advocate, Beth Olivares has mentored hundreds of students through the STEM pipeline and advocated for STEM opportunities for low-income students both regionally and nationally. In 2015, Olivares was one of 14 educators, along with an organization, selected by President Barack Obama for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Since 2014, she has served as dean for diversity initiatives in arts, sciences and engineering and continues to head the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity at UR. Under her guidance, the Kearns Center has developed educational pipeline programs that work with students from middle school through the doctoral degree. Currently, over a thousand high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are served by the Center's programs, which include Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, two College Prep Centers located in the Rochester City School District, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Olivares is a founding member of the College Diversity Roundtable, and spearheaded the College's surveys of the climate for diversity among undergraduate students in 2008 and 2010. She is currently the president of the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc., serves on the board of directors of the Council for Opportunity in Education and was recently appointed to the Minority Graduate Education Committee of the GRE Board. Olivares was appointed assistant dean of diversity initiatives in 2007. She holds a doctorate in English from Fordham University.