Dr. Vijay Pendakur is the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell. Before coming to Cornell, he served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University – Fullerton (CSUF), where he led a large portfolio of units. While at CSUF, he created elements of the institutional strategic plan, with special focus on the equity and graduation goals for our low-income college students, first generation students, and students of color. Prior to CSUF, he led a department at DePaul University dedicated to promoting student success for higher-risk and underserved college students, with special emphasis on graduates of the Chicago Public School system. He started his higher education career at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, his alma mater, where he worked full-time as a diversity and social justice educator while running a new Multicultural Student Center focused on serving first year college students. In addition to being an experienced practitioner in student affairs administration, he is also a scholar of diversity and inclusion work.