Mary Ontiveros, Vice President of Diversity
Mary Ontiveros, who started her career at CSU as a student in 1969, received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the university, while serving as an active member of ASCSU.
Starting her professional career in 1974 with CSU, Ontiveros served in a multitude of roles, including Research Associate, Director of the Chicano Studies Office, Executive Director of Admissions, Director of El Centro, before her ascension to VP for Diversity.
Ontiveros centered her efforts around equity, justice, and diversity for the CSU community, actively fighting institutional racism and empowering the student body. In 45 years, Ontiveros did the work of multiple lifetimes. ACSU is declaring December 31 as Mary Ontiveros Day, out of supreme gratitude for her impact and cultural presence at CSU. Click on the buttons below to watch the Senate Session where ASCSU ratified the bill to honor Ontiveros, or read the resolution.
Read on to hear stories from peers, friends, and associates of Ontiveros.