Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Student Life

Octavio Villalpando smiling.

Octavio Villalpando, Ph.D

Dr. Octavio Villalpando embraces the opportunity to lead the Division of Student Life and to bring diversity, equity and inclusion to the role. As an alumnus of the Cal State system and of the Educational Opportunity Program, he recognizes the importance of Student Life programs in supporting and guiding students and shaping their university experiences.

Working in the Division of Student Life is a natural progression in his professional journey. He joined Cal State LA as first Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion in 2016, and was appointed the first Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2019. His longstanding interest in and engagement with student affairs and student life led to his development of a master’s degree in student affairs at a major research university, as well as teaching and scholarship focused on student affairs leadership. 

Octavio received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in social foundations of education at Cal State Northridge, followed by a master’s degree and Ph.D. in higher education from UCLA.