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Meet the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Celebrating Diversity

Vision 

To be a catalyst, change agent, and strategic support for the USC Marshall School of Business in achieving, operationalizing, and sustaining its commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and antiracism.

Mission

Ensuring a vibrant and welcoming educational and professional environment, where each member of the Marshall community is authentically and holistically seen, valued, affirmed, and empowered to thrive to their fullest potential.  

Violina Rindova

Captain Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship, Director of Research for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Professor of Management and Organization

Violina Rindova is Captain Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship, Director of Research for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Professor of Management and Organization at USC Marshall. She teaches and studies strategic innovation -- how firms create value, intangible assets, and new market opportunities through unconventional strategies across a variety of industry contexts. Her work has been published in the premier management journals and has been covered frequently in the business media, including the Economist, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the “Thought Leadership” award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management (2009), and the award for outstanding scholarly contribution from Strategic Organization (2012). She served as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review and is currently part of the leadership team of the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society.

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Sarah Townsend

Interim Assistant Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Kenneth King Stonier Professor of Business Administration and Associate Professor of Management and Organization

Sarah Townsend’s research reveals the dysfunctional behaviors and physiological costs that can result when individuals’ cultural beliefs collide with the dominant cultural beliefs of organizations. Focusing on diversity in higher education and the workplace, she studies these “cultural divides” by examining differences in meritocracy beliefs, social class, gender, and race. Her work demonstrates that although cultural divides are a source of inequality, they can also be leveraged as a solution to it. Dr. Townsend's research has been published in numerous scholarly outlets, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

https://www.marshall.usc.edu/personnel/sarah-townsend

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Francisco Roman

Professor of Clinical Accounting
Francisco J. Román specializes on managerial accounting. His research interests lie in understanding how monetray incentives for groups influences labor productivity and job perfromance, the implications of offshoring arrangements on firms' production costs, and corporate governance in emerging capital markets. His research has been published at Accounting, Organizations, and Society, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Management Accounting Research. Prior to joining academia, Professor Román worked for General Instruments and Becton Dickinson at manufacturing plants in México and the U.S. Prior to USC he held academic appoinntments at Rice University, Texas Tech and George Mason University.

Tonisha Jester

Senior Associate Director Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Audrena Goodie

Project Specialist- Administrative

Nancy Gomez

Administrative Assistant II