The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion works within a shared leadership paradigm where partnership and reciprocity are encouraged and cultivated so that each of us may bring our unique voice to the conversation. We aim to embody and model the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community. We support our CIIS family through what is often challenging work, while maintaining an open and inviting heart. Please see our bios below to learn more about each one of us, and please do not hesitate to send us an email.
Rachel Bryant, Chief Diversity Officer
Rachel D. Bryant serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, where she earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Community Mental Health. Her passion and research interests situate her life-work and scholarship at the intersection of social justice, education, and psychology. She is working to facilitate closure between knowledge production in institutions and the need for knowledge in communities traditionally excluded. She serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Master’s in Counseling Psychology and Undergraduate Studies Programs at CIIS. Rachel is also a Core Member of the Healing Clinic Collective, which provides loving traditional healing sessions to people from especially traumatized populations in the Bay Area. As a teacher-student, Rachel honors the wisdom and intelligence of everyday people, the human body, and the natural world. She confidently believes that all people have the innate wisdom and intelligence to serve as healers and educators in their communities. When Rachel is not working, you can find her creating multimedia artworks, gardening, or in the kitchen experimenting with soul food from around the world. She lives in East Oakland with her daughter.
Damali Robertson, Assistant Director
Damali joins the California Institute of Integral Studies as Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion after a 15-year career in progressive non-profit leadership. She brings an unshakable commitment to equity and justice along with rich lived experiences to her role at CIIS. From 2008-2011, Damali helped pioneer Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives at the Haas Center for Public Service (long before the uprisings of 2020 and long before many organizations were ready to invest in this critical work). More recently, she spent a year leading an in-depth racial equity project to address the achievement gap between Black students and their peers at a Bay Area high school. That project inspired her to become an even more vocal practitioner, advocate and thought leader in the DEI space and motivated her decision to pursue a MA in Social Justice and Organizing. Most recently, she co-led DEI initiatives at Root & Rebound while also leading their fundraising and communications efforts, creating campaigns about the systemic injustices and disparities built into America’s criminal legal system. Damali grounds her work in antiracist and anti-oppression praxis. She is also a restorative justice and mindfulness practitioner who approaches everything with a restorative impulse, integrity, lots of deep breaths and compassion. Damali lives in Oakland, CA and loves travel, spicy food, Reggae and Hip-Hop music.
Adriana Beltrama Dos Santos, Program Manager
Adriana was born in Brazil, where she studied Visual Arts Education. Her ever increasing interest in the expression of the depths of human psyche, the connections to spirituality and the different philosophical traditions around the world led her to further her studies with a master’s degree in East-West Psychology at CIIS. At the institution, her love for integral education brought her to be part of the fellowship at the Center for Writing and Scholarship, the Bridge Program as a mentor and coordinator, and the Summer Bridge Program, where she has developed the program’s recent curriculum and taught as lead instructor. In the outdoors world, she has worked as a counselor for nature-based programs for children, teenagers and adults. She has also taught in the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at CIIS and was a grantee in the Wellness in Action program at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants for two consecutive years, where she facilitated skill-building and process groups for Brazilian women in the Bay Area. Currently, she continues to serve the CIIS community as the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Program Manager, while holding her Astrology and Tarot reading private practice.