In this talk I get to connect with Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University.
Dr. Aaron Bruce is not only a renaissance man but a global citizen. He has held management positions in Latin America and Africa–conducting research on management strategies, public health, and education in Cuba, Mexico, and Kenya–and has a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from United States International University.
How he gained his passion for diversity and serving the international community stemmed from his parents, who weren’t like most parents.
Like most parents who spoil their children with ribbon laced gifts on Christmas Day, Dr. Bruce didn’t get that special treatment from his parents. Instead his parents would give him two gifts: a Christmas present and a plane ticket to an exotic country. He remembers a time when he and his family flew to Venezuela, and asked his parents if they spoke any Spanish. To his surprise they did not, but his father told him this: “If you can’t speak [Spanish], then we can’t eat.” It was then and there that he discovered how being a member in a global community was truly important.
Today as a Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Bruce is responsible for helping create an inclusive and supportive environment for all SDSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visitors. He works very closely with senior level administrators, deans, and committees throughout the campus, who are all dedicated to diversity inclusion strategies. He sits on several boards (including National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education, VP of the Southern California Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education) and is editing his first book titled, “Beyond the Black Horizon; African American Experiences Abroad.”
He volunteers his time educating fellow SDSU students and African American youth on education excellence, and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
If you wish to visit SDSU for the very first time or wish to contact Dr. Bruce to learn more about SDSU’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism email him via firstname.lastname@example.org or Google him.
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