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Dina Zavala Bio
Vice President for Inclusion, Equity, and Community
Office: Laird Hall 105

Dr. Dina Zavala is the vice president for inclusion, equity and community (VPIEC) at Carleton College. She began her role on June 1, 2023, joining the President’s Cabinet and leading the new Division of Inclusion, Equity and Community.

Dina brings a wealth of experience to Carleton, with many years of work in higher education as a faculty member and administrator. Previously interim vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UWL), she spent three years as UWL’s inaugural assistant vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, including two years serving as director of equity and affirmative action officer. She also served as director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Mayville State University for three years. Prior to that, she was a faculty member and director of the Spanish program at Valley City State University for eight years.

As VPIEC, Dina will provide vision and strategic direction for policy and programming around all aspects of inclusion, equity and community. She will play a leadership role in the implementation of Carleton’s Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity—a 10-year plan finalized in the spring of 2022 that seeks to improve the institutional experience of all community members and to fulfill the college’s aspirations to be an inclusive, diverse and equitable institution in ways that are concrete and measurable.

Dina holds a Ph.D. in education from North Dakota State University, an M.A. in instruction from Saint Mary’s University, and an undergraduate degree in modern languages from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

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Deya Ortiz Bio
Assistant to the Vice President for Inclusion, Equity and Community
Office: Laird Hall 106
Phone: 507 222 4531

Deya began her role as the Assistant to the VP for Inclusion, Equity, and Community in November of 2023. In addition to helping the VPIEC with planning, communication, and scheduling, she also coordinates programing and outreach initiatives that support Carleton’s IDE plan.

Originally from Venezuela, Deya comes with an array of professional and personal experiences. She received her associate degree in Venezuela, and had the opportunity and privilege of achieving her goal of learning English as a second language in London. After achieving that goal, she moved to the U.S. where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate education. She was a non-traditional student in many ways: she went to college as an adult, became a parent while in college, English is her second language, she is a 1st generation student, and belongs to an underrepresented racial group. Her experience as a student holding all these identities motivated her to not only become a professional in higher education in the U.S., but also to advocate for students with similar backgrounds.

​Right after finishing her undergraduate program​, Deya started her professional journey in higher education advising students on how to ​​participate in experiential learning opportunities abroad at Austin Peay State University (APSU). Then, she spent six years at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UWL) also advising students on international experiential learning opportunities, and managing and creating relationships with partner universities around the world. During her time at UWL, she actively participated in the Equity Liaison Initiative, which is a strategic, cooperative, campus-wide effort to identify and close equity gaps affecting students and employees.​ This inspired her to make diversity, inclusion, and equity her professional priority and to join Carleton College in that work.

As the Assistant the VP of Inclusion, Equity, and Community, Deya provides support ​t​o the VPIEC and the IEC division in the implementation of Carleton’s Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity​.

Deya holds an M.A. in marketing communication, and an undergraduate degree in communication and international studies both from Austin Peay State University. In 2019, she was awarded the Fulbright International Education Administrators Grant, which allowed her to visit Germany and learn about their education system.

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Schuyler Vogel ’07 Bio
College Chaplain
Phone: 507 222 4004

Rev. Schuyler Vogel is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, with degrees in religion from Carleton College (’07) and Harvard Divinity School (’14).

Before returning to Carleton, Schuyler served as the Senior Minister of the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York, a vibrant, diverse, multi-faith congregation across from Central Park. Their ministry and activism earned coverage in the New York Times, Democracy Now!, NPR, and the Nation Magazine.

Schuyler has served congregations in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Florida, both as a pastor and as a religious educator for children, youth, and adults. He completed his ministerial internship at the First Church in Boston, where he helped found the Sanctuary Boston, an emergent young adult community. While at Carleton, Schuyler earned a teaching license in 6-12th grade social studies and worked in the chapel as a Chaplain’s Associate. It was then that he first experienced a call to religious and spiritual life, leading progressive faith groups, evensong services, and interfaith dialogues on campus.

In addition to his work at Carleton, Schuyler serves on the board of the St. Lawrence Foundation for Theological Education and as a member of the Human Rights Commission of the City of Northfield.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Schuyler lives with his wife, Kristen, and two year old son, Rowan.

Schedule a meeting with Schuyler.

The College Chaplain reports to the Vice President of Inclusion, Equity, and Community