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W&M's Matos appointed to Virginia Latino Advisory Board

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    Dania Matos:  W&M's deputy chief diversity officer was named among the top 25 women in higher education earlier this year by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.  Courtesy photo
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Dania Matos, William & Mary’s deputy chief diversity officer, has been appointed to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday.

The mission of the board is to advise Northam on issues around the health, economic, professional, cultural and educational prosperity of the commonwealth’s Latino community, according to the board’s website.

“It is a special privilege to have my first gubernatorial appointment be in Virginia for communities that have shaped my own personal and professional trajectories,” Matos said. “It is an honor to serve all Virginians in this privileged capacity to ensure a most inclusive Virginia for all.”

Matos will be sworn in July 26, and she will serve on the board until October 2020. The group was created in 2003 by then-Gov. Mark R. Warner.

Matos started at W&M in 2017 as the university’s first deputy chief diversity officer. She works closely with Chief Diversity Officer Chon Glover to develop campus diversity action plans, proffer grants for diversity-related initiatives and plan training and other programming.

Earlier this year, Matos was counted among the top 25 women in higher education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.