Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
A first-generation Puerto Rican college graduate, Dr. Diaz has shaped his career goals and qualifications by combining leadership, administration, scholarship, teaching, and performance through nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, and K-12 school teaching in multiple countries. Dr. Diaz joined MacPhail Center for Music as the Director of School Partnerships in 2018, and currently guides the Center’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives as the Senior Director of DEI. Dr. Diaz’s journey as a historically excluded person of color in predominantly white spaces underlies his commitment to assuring more inclusive, culturally diverse, and relevant experiences through the lens of DEI. As a trumpeter, Dr. Diaz has performed with major international orchestras and continues to perform orchestral, chamber, contemporary, Latin, jazz and other music.
As a DEI Arts and Culture Consultant, Dr. Diaz guides the work and direction of decentering and dismantling white prominence for a formative period as arts organizations develop systematic structures. Dr. Diaz is responsible for leading a transitional process to help determine the infrastructure and supports necessary for DEI policies, practices, resources, curriculum development, intercultural competence, and convening, engaging, and collaborating with multiple stakeholders.