Interim Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

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Scott Vignos is the interim vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State University. In this role, Mr. Vignos collaborates with partners across the university to design and lead the Office of Institutional Diversity’s portfolio of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Mr. Vignos is responsible for guiding implementation of the university’s diversity strategic plan – Innovate & Integrate: Plan for Inclusive Excellence – and consulting with university leaders to create a more just and equitable Oregon State. He serves on the President’s Cabinet, and a variety of university-level committees and task forces. He is also a member of the steering committee for the OSU Association of Faculty and Staff for the Advancement of People of Color.

Mr. Vignos has an enduring passion for pursuing justice through action. He practiced law in San Francisco at an international law firm and maintained a wide-ranging pro bono practice representing clients seeking asylum in the United States. He has worked at the UC Davis School of Law, designing and leading programs to diversify the legal profession, at the East Bay Community Law Center, advocating for low-income and formerly incarcerated residents of Oakland and Alameda County, and at the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, representing non-citizen clients in all phases of removal and asylum proceedings.

Mr. Vignos is the son of an immigrant and his husband is an assistant professor at OSU. His intersectional approach to advancing equitable organizational transformation is informed by his lived experience as a multi-racial, gay man. Mr. Vignos earned his juris doctorate from UC Davis School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He currently serves as vice chair of the Corvallis Community Involvement and Diversity Advisory Board.