Hugo Yepez (they/he) has over 8 years of experience in higher education and has been a leader in identifying and implementing strategies to manifest inclusive, equitable, just, and thriving communities. In their previous role as the inaugural Director in the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Global, they implemented the institution’s equity and inclusion strategy, resulting in a transformative impact on the institution’s culture and practices by embedding equity-centered principles in policies, practices, programs, and processes that supported student and employee success. His community-centered approach to relationship building and cultivating connections has been essential in his work to push forward justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. They actively work towards creating equitable and mutually supportive opportunities that empower folx to transform the world around them through coalition building and action.
Hugo holds a Masters of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine.