Anne Dela Cruz, EdD
Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
As the Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, Anne Dela Cruz, EdD, works to develop, implement, and institutionalize our efforts in this area, which is key to the School’s Mission, Vision, and Values. Dr. Dela Cruz came to the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she served as Executive Director for Student Affairs Initiatives and Deputy Director/Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. In this role, she set agendas and strategies to foster an inclusive and diverse campus for undergraduate and graduate students. She previously also served as Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Admissions and Director of Graduate Admissions in the UCLA Graduate Division, where she increased the visibility and refined the direction of diversity programs while building pipeline partnerships with various Minority Serving Institutions. Dr. Dela Cruz brought a diverse perspective to her work overseeing graduate outreach, recruitment efforts, admissions initiatives for 230-plus UCLA masters and doctoral programs and summer research programs.
Dr. Dela Cruz earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and Master of Arts in English with an emphasis on Composition and Rhetoric from California State University Los Angeles. She earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (EdD) from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, completed the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Program, and earned certificates in applications programming, web technology, and project management from UCLA Extension. Dr. Dela Cruz holds several professional certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute; Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) through Stanford University; and Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA) through the American Society of Quality.