Tracy Pascua Dea



Dr. Tracy Pascua Dea is the Academic Climate Program Director in the Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare at UC Berkeley. She was the former Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of Student Services at Berkeley Journalism and the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success and Co-Director of the High Potential First Generation to College Program at Saint Mary’s College of California. Tracy has more than 20 years experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice, student success, and leadership and systems coaching. Her research and teaching focus on student success with an emphasis on first generation and historically marginalized student populations, strengths-based institutional change, first generation professionals, and the power of narratives for social change.  

She has worked with diverse individuals and groups and with internationally recognized programs; co-wrote and awarded two Federal grants totaling $4.2 million; and has presented at international and national conferences. Throughout her career, Tracy has been active in service to the community and has held leadership roles in professional organizations. Her family immigrated to the United States from the Philippines. As a first generation college student, she holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration and BA in Psychology from Saint Louis University, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College.


PhD from Saint Louis University-Main Campus (2009)