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About Suresh Appavoo

Dr. Suresh Appavoo is the Dean for Diversity and Equity, a Fulbright Scholar (Republic of the Maldives 2012-2013), and a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Liberal Arts and Education at Dominican University of California. He is a highly experienced intercultural and diversity trainer. His primary areas of teaching and research focus on cross and intercultural learning, the socio-cultural context of education, critical pedagogy, leadership, change-agency and Educational Technology. He has conducted numerous workshops for schools, universities, and the corporate sector. Dr. Appavoo earned a doctorate in International and Multicultural Education in 1998 from the University of San Francisco, a Master’s Degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and has Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and Madurai Kamaraj University in South India. Prior to arriving at Dominican in 2001, he was the Dean of Multicultural Programs at San Francisco University High School, and served as the International Student Advisor for the University of San Francisco where he also taught as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences. 

Positions

2014 - Present Dean for Diversity and Equity, Dominican University of California Office of Diversity and Equity
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2013 - Present Higher Education Consultant, Ministry of Education, Malé, Maldives ‐ National Institute of Education
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2013 - Present Higher Education Consultant, Mianz International College
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2001 - Present Associate Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Education
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August 2013 - December 2013 Higher Education Consultant, International Institute for Professional Development
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2001 - 2013 Director, Dominican University of California Center for Diversity Initiatives
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January 2010 - October 2010 Diversity Consultant, College of Marin
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2000 - 2001 Diversity Consultant, Presidio Hills School
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1999 - 2001 Dean, San Francisco University High School ‐ Multicultural Programs
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February 2001 Diversity Consultant, Sacred Heart Preparation School
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1998 - 1999 Diversity Consultant, Redwood Day School
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1996 - 1998 Adjunct Faculty - Interdisciplinary Studies, University of San Francisco ‐ College of Arts and Sciences
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1995 - 1998 Director of Multicultural Student Services, University of San Francisco ‐ Office of Multicultural Student Services
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1992 - 1996 Co-Instructor - Interdisciplinary Studies, University of San Francisco ‐ College of Arts and Sciences
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1990 - 1995 Graduate Advisor, University of San Francisco ‐ Office of Multicultural Student Services
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1990 - 1992 Assistant to the Associate Dean, University of San Francisco ‐ School of Education
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Member, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
2017 - Present Fulbright Core Program Disciplinary Reviewer, Fulbright Commission, U.S. Department of State
2006 - Present Reviewer, International Journal of Multicultural Education
Present Member, American Association of Colleges and Universities
Present Member, Center for Anti-Oppressive Education
Present Member, DiversityWorks.org
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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar - Republic of the Maldives, 2012-2013

Courses

  • Directed Research
  • Leadership and Change in Education
  • Cultural Pluralism in Education
  • Education and Culture
  • Teaching for Equity
  • Educational Policy and Change
  • Approaches to Educational Research
  • Applied Educational Research
  • Social Justice in Education

Education

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1998 EdD, University of San Francisco ‐ International and Multicultural Education
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1988 MIM, American Graduate School of International Management ‐ International Management
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1986 BS, University of the Pacific ‐ Business Administration
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Contact Information

Dominican University of California
Department of Education
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

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Selected Peer Reviewed Publications and Conference Presentations (7)

Television Appearances (3)

Selected Workshops and Speeches (18)