Yolanda Zepeda, Interim Vice Provost, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University
Yolanda Zepeda advocates for Latino students and other underrepresented groups on campus in her role. With a significant background in higher education, Zepeda has seen a shift in the treatment of diversity in a university setting. Her experiences as a former student and current administrator of color within the university system inspire her to help others struggling to defend their identities and explain their presence on campus.
Ms. Zepeda grew up in Victoria, Texas and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. After a stint abroad in Germany, she decided to pursue graduate school, and found herself in the Midwest at Indiana University. While in the program, Zepeda hit some of the barriers many students of color face, such as the absence of academic and social support systems as well as a university administration lacking in experience with minority students. Zepeda now works to ameliorate the lives of minority students on campus.