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Schvalla R. Rivera - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Schvalla R. Rivera

Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion | Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT, United-States

Specializing in diversity and inclusion, multicultural and international student affairs, and racial and ethnic identity.



Dr. Schvalla R. Rivera is the Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion. Previously, Dr. Rivera was the Dean of Students at Western Nebraska Community College, and is equipped with a diverse professional portfolio.

Dr. Rivera is certified in both psychological first aid and Title IX and Civil Rights Investigators. She is also a Certified Diversity Executive, which comes from at least five years of progressive work experience in the field of diversity or human resources. Dr. Rivera describes herself as an energetic, creative problem solver who is a critical thinking leader with 10 years of experience and a diverse work history which includes; training development and delivery, diversity and inclusion initiatives, team building/leadership, project management, mediation, counseling and community building.

Dr. Rivera earned a bachelor of arts in social sciences and history from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master of science in political science and international affairs and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Indiana State University.





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Industry Expertise (5)

Education/Learning Training and Development Writing and Editing International Affairs Women

Areas of Expertise (13)

MLK 50 Higher Education Student Engagement Non Traditional Students Racial & Ethnic Identity Curriculum Diversification Diversity & Inclusion Intercultural Recruitment Racial & Ethnic Relations First Generation Students Title IX Multicultural & International Student Affairs Student Development

Education (3)

Indiana State University: Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, specialization in Teaching and Learning

Indiana State University: M.S., Political Science and International Affairs

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College: B.A., Social Sciences and History

Affiliations (7)

  • National Association for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • Society for Diversity
  • ABCC (Association of Black Culture Centers)
  • AMC (Associated Colleges of the Midwest)
  • Kiwanis Club International
  • National Association for Foreign Student Advisors
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

Media Appearances (4)

SUU Hires New Administrator for Diversity and Inclusion

Deseret News  online


“I am so very happy to be here at SUU,” Rivera said in a statement. “I look forward to working with campus and community partners to increase our understanding of diversity and inclusion. I believe that conversation is an important step in learning about new people, places and things. We must engage with one another, so that we can learn from one another. Only then can we grow together.”

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SUU Welcomes First Chief Diversity Officer

Good4Utah  tv


While students at Southern Utah University have become more diverse in recent years, there were no African Americans in leadership roles at the university--until now.

Southern Utah University held a Martin Luther King Junior March Reenactment Tuesday remembering the 50 year anniversary of The Civil Rights Leader's assassination.

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WNCC Staff Dress Up as Iconic Women for International Women's Day

NBC Nebraska  tv


Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff is celebrating International Women’s Day in a unique way, female staff members dressed up as iconic women in history for an entire day.

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New Dean of Students Look to Bring a Cultural Focus to WNCC

Scottsbluff Star Herald  online


A new administrator at Western Nebraska Community College is aiming to make students feel welcome once they step on campus.

Schvalla Rivera, dean of students at Western Nebraska Community College, grew up in a very big family. Community building has always been important to her.

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