Marcela Ramirez-Stapleton, Ph.D.

Educational Leader and DEI Consultant in Riverside, California

Marcela Ramirez-Stapleton, Ph.D.

Educational Leader and DEI Consultant in Riverside, California

Dr. Marcela Ramirez-Stapleton has 18 years of experience in student affairs, higher education research, and public service. Her expertise in multicultural affairs is foundational to her work as a DEI consultant, qualitative researcher and educational leadership professor.

Dr. Ramirez-Stapleton is Past-President of the California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CaCCCHE). CaCCCHE is a network of student affairs professionals who are committed to social justice, equity, and diversity work on college campuses.

One of her proudest endeavors was serving as the Founding Director of the Middle Eastern Student Center at the University of California, Riverside; the first cultural center of its kind in the UC System and in California.

Dr. Ramirez-Stapleton is a University of California (UC) Regent Emerita who served a two year term (2015-2017). During her doctoral studies she was appointed by the UC Board of Regents to serve as the 42nd UC Student Regent. She was recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by Jose Medina, California State Assembly Member and Chair of the Higher Education Committee. She is also a CA Educational Policy Alumna and HOPE Latinas fellow who remains involved in statewide higher education policy work.

As a private consultant she conducts training, workshops, and keynotes on issues of social justice, equity and diversity. In student services her experience includes cultural centers and diversity initiatives, student life, career services, and international education. As a researcher her interests include: cultural centers and identity based support services and programs. She is a qualitative research specialist with Rankin & Associates Consulting.

Ramirez-Stapleton was a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and held numerous leadership roles. She was a board member for the NASPA Region VI Advisory Board, the NASPA Center for Women, and the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Board. She also served as the NUFP Coordinator for Region VI. She previously worked for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.

Ramirez-Stapleton received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside in higher education administration and policy. She received an M.S. in counseling focusing on student development and higher education from California State University, Long Beach, and received her B.A in economics and french from California State University, Fullerton.