Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Staff Transiton

April 17, 2017

                                             Harvard College

Dear Harvard College Students,

I write to share that after thirteen years of dedicated service to Harvard College and its students, Dr. Loc Truong is stepping down from his position on May 31 to accept the position of Assistant Dean of Student Support Services at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Since 2015, Loc has served as the director of diversity and inclusion programs, a position within the College’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. In this role, Loc has served as the College’s point person to student organizations and provided support for first generation college students, undocumented students, and foster youth. He has also collaborated with other College diversity offices, such as the Harvard College Women’s Center, the College’s Office of BGLTQ Student Life, and the Harvard Foundation. In his time at Harvard, Loc led initiatives like the intergroup dialogue program and the diversity peer educator program, in addition to working with specialty tutors and proctors.

Prior to assuming this role, Loc served as the assistant director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, from 2008 to 2015.

Loc has made a lasting impression here at Harvard as a dedicated student advocate, friend, and colleague. While I and countless students and colleagues will miss him deeply, I am also thrilled for Loc to be taking on this new, important position. At MIT, Loc will be offering advice and support to enhance their students’ success and provide assistance for those whose personal concerns may interfere with their ability to engage fully in their academics and Institute life. He will provide broad outreach programming to facilitate connections across MIT’s student, staff, and faculty community, contribute to the development of protocols, programs, and procedures, and provide advice to the community on issues that impact the student experience.

We know the importance of Loc’s position, and the impact his role has in our community. We are putting in place the following interim support plan to ensure that critical work continues. Beginning May 31:

  • Ileana Casellas-Katz will be responsible for advising and supporting students and oversee the Diversity Peer Educators program.
  • Katie Derzon will continue her role as Fellow for Undocumented Students
  • Camila Nardozzi, Director of the Office of International Education and Co-chair of the undocumented student working group, will oversee the support of undocumented students through the summer 2017.
  • Camila will partner with Joan Rouse, Associate Dean and Chief of Staff for Harvard College, who will take over this responsibility beginning in the fall term.

Of course, Loc will continue to be available to meet with students up until May 31. I encourage you to reach out to him, as needed at 617-496-2371 or loc_truong@harvard.edu.

I ask that you all join me in wishing Loc the very best for his continued success at MIT.

Kind Regards,
Dean Katie O’Dair