Dania began her tenure as UC Merced’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer in July 2019 and oversees units responsible for addressing various aspects of equity, diversity and inclusion. In this role, she is leading the university’s effort to develop and implement a strategic plan that will position UC Merced as a leader in equity, diversity and inclusion as it aspires to be a nationally recognized research university. She has oversight of the Office of Campus Climate and the CARE office. Dania’s primary responsibilities include diversity strategic planning, oversight of various Chancellor’s Advisory Committees, securing equity, diversity and inclusion grants and research of same as well as innovative programmatic initiatives that will move the campus towards the advancement of excellence as inclusive.
Prior to joining UC Merced, Dania served as the inaugural Deputy Chief Diversity Officer at William & Mary, the second oldest institution of higher education in the nation, where she worked to advance diversity and inclusion efforts and create accountability structures for the university’s academic and administrative units. Recently, Dania was named as a fellow in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Presidential Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo. In 2018, she was named one of the "Top 25 Women in Higher Education" by Diverse, Issues in Higher Education for “[making] a difference in society by attacking some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills, and making a difference in [her] respective communities.” Dania received her J.D. from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and her A.B. from Brown University in International Relations.