Naddia Palacios

Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life, Student Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Naddia Palacios serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life, Student Equity and Inclusion, with a portfolio that includes Asian Pacific American Student Services, Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, First Generation Plus Success Center, Latinx/Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs, LGBTQ+ Student Center, Student Basic Needs and the Veterans Resource Center. She acts as the campus-wide liaison for DEI issues that impact the student experience and leads student development programs and student-facing DEI services that focus on intersectionality, sense of belonging and well-being among our students.

Dr. Palacios joined USC in 2018 as the Senior Director of Student Equity and Inclusion Programs before transitioning into her current role in 2021. Naddia has worked within departments in higher education that have promoted empowerment, social justice and equity for more than fifteen years and has overseen the implementation of campus-wide programming around issues of equity, diversity and leadership development. Before coming to USC, she held positions that focused on enhancing the student experience at Occidental College, the Claremont University Consortium, and the University of California Riverside.

Dr. Palacios earned a B.A in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University, an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California and an Ed.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles.