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Maria Chavez-Haroldson, PhD

Antioch University Online

Maria Chávez-Haroldson, Ph.D., serves as the Willamette Education Services Regional Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director serving K-12 school districts in the Pacific Northwest.

When asked what her goal is, she will say, ‘To develop EDI practitioners around the world.’ She is the founder of EDI Consulting, LLC, and has served for over two decades as an international/national trainer. Dr. Chavez-Haroldson was confirmed by the Oregon Senate to serve as an Oregon State University Board of Trustee in November of 2021. Dr. Chávez-Haroldson’s focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive (EDI) practices is built upon social justice principles. Her doctoral research addresses the lived experiences of Diversity Officers in higher education and how cultural strengths are capacitated as key elements of fortitude and resilience.

In her research, Dr. Chávez-Haroldson applied an Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis methodology which highlighted the importance of identifying cultural values and their powerful impact and influence in leadership. Her passion is in organizational EDI transformational change; identifying what is and discovering what can be. She describes her coaching style as ‘thinking co-creative partnerships.’ As a conflict resolution facilitator, Dr. Chávez-Haroldson has guided professionals to work through racial tensions and move toward building trusting relationships by understanding diverse lived experiences.

Educational History

  • Bachelor – Social Sciences
  • Masters – Public Administration
  • Masters – Leadership and Change
  • Doctorate – Leadership and Change

Teaching Statement

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is a state of mind and a state of being.

Doctoral research addressing the lived experiences of Diversity Officers in higher education and how cultural strengths are capacitated as key elements of fortitude and resilience. Dr. Chávez-Haroldson applied an Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis methodology which highlights the importance of identifying cultural values and their powerful impact and influence in leadership.
  • Complex system navigation – community forums in Linn County, Oregon
  • Oregon State University Board of Directors for Minority Affairs
  • Cross-Cultural Communication skills presentation to Benton County Social Service providers
  • Student mentoring in collaboration with the Corvallis Multi-cultural Literacy Center
  • Federal and District court advocacy for Latina victims of crime
  • Monolingual Spanish speakers navigating multiple social service
    agencies
  • Empowerment and leadership capacity building skills for Latino students (Crescent Valley, Corvallis High School and, Oregon State University students)
  • Department of Human Services staff and professionals in academia – Diversity and Inclusionary practices
  • Latino family dynamics: Acculturation, grief, and loss and, adolescent language brokers
Maria Chavez

Facilitator, Panelist,

Women in Leadership

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