Graduate Division and Student Academic Affairs Staff

Bill Lindstaedt, MS

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services

D'Anne Duncan, PhD

Assistant Dean, Diversity and Learner Success

Workshop Facilitators

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Carlos Hoyt, PhD, LICSW

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant

Dr. Hoyt was born in Costa Rica and immigrated to the United States at the age of four.  He holds a PhD in Social Work and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  He has held teaching positions at Simmons College, Lesley University, and Boston University.  Dr. Hoyt’s approach to education, training, and development on matters related to social identity, social bias, and social justice combines preparing participants to interact fully, empathically, courageously, and candidly; grounding all content in up to date knowledge and best practices; facilitating experiential opportunities for participants to be active synthesizers and collaborators; and an emphasis on translating cognitive gains into effective personal action.  Drawing from his expertise, Dr. Hoyt has assisted in creating opportunities for us to have open, empathic, and constructive conversations between trainees and faculty about equity and inclusion.  Dr. Hoyt maintains a private practice in psychotherapy, has presented at numerous conferences, and has provided training and consultation to educational systems and to corporations including Trip Advisor and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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Deonna Smith

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Practitioner and Consultant

Deonna is an equity practitioner passionate about promoting educational justice in the K-12 school system. She believes in the liberatory power of education and has engaged in this work as a student, teacher, PTA leader, administrator, educational consultant and an academic. Deonna is a doctoral candidate at Loyola Marymount University specializing in abolitionist practices and social justice. Deonna founded the Educational Justice Working Group, an organization that works with teachers, leaders and advocates to build their capacity for DEI work. Through EdJG, she create workshops and professional development opportunities centered on equity and ABAR work.

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Darius White

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Practitioner and Consultant

Teacher by profession and creative problem-solver at all times, Darius is also a first-gen college graduate, “what if” asker, teacher-blogger, and consultant on issues of equity and inclusion for our classrooms and professional workspaces. Completing some of his best work in the controlled chaos of a classroom, he is very responsive to the ever-changing demands, accommodations, and interests of all community members and stakeholders involved in the context of his teaching practice. Mostly through active listening and careful observation inside and outside of his practice has Darius been able to develop highly-engaging curriculum, launch projects that include students' communities, and open the greater community to difficult but necessary conversations about identity, institutional harm and accountability, and education reform.

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Tim Montgomery

Co-Director, Student Disability Services

Tim has been a director of Student Disability Services at UCSF since 2015. He oversees the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and the Graduate Division, for which he directs disability initiatives, and conducts faculty and staff training. Tim was the previous assistant director of "AccessibleNU" at Northwestern University – Chicago campus, and for the past 15 years, Tim has been working in the areas of academic support and disability services in higher education. Before moving to higher education, Tim spent 20 years in teaching and administrative roles for middle and high school special education programs, and he taught undergraduate and graduate education courses in the area of education and special education. Tim is the past president and co-founder the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education and the lead author of a chapter on myths about students with disabilities in "The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education" (Springer Publishing). Tim earned his bachelor's degree in special education in 1982 and his master's degree in education in 1984 from the University of Detroit (Mercy).


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Clayton Littrell

Co-Director, Student Disability Services

Clay has been with Student Disability Services at UCSF since 2017. He oversees the school of nursing and dentistry, as well as assistive technology needs for the entire campus's student population. He is a student-focused advisor and assistive-tech user, with expertise in putting immediately deployable solutions into the hands of students. Since 2006, Clay has worked in student disability services across the spectrum of education, in K-12, community colleges, undergraduate, and graduate levels. He previously served in roles ranging from assistant director to AT specialist in the California Community College system (MiraCosta College), the Cal State system (Cal State San Marcos), as well as at Northwestern University's main campus in Evanston, IL. In 2012, he earned his master’s degree in education from San Diego State University, where he studied educational leadership, counseling, assistive technology, and the psycho-social aspects of disability.

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Maria Jaochico, MEd

Director, RJP Program

Director, Student Rights and Responsibilities

Maria leads the RJP Program at UCSF and has also served as the director of student rights and responsibilities in Student Life since 2016. She is currently pursuing a doctor of education degree in higher education administration from the University of West Georgia, where her research focuses on the implementation of restorative justice practices in graduate-level education settings. She already holds a master of education degree in student affairs administration from Clemson University. Maria's warmth and genuine caring for the well-being of students and others in the UCSF community shine through in every one of the almost 100 circles that she has facilitated to date.

Graduate Program Faculty and Staff

Acknowledgement of Commitment 

We have many faculty and staff to thank, across numerous graduate programs and career stages, for their ongoing commitment and input to the Graduate Faculty Development Program.

(* denotes faculty leaders who have been instrumental in the initiation and direction of our efforts.)

  • Bassem Al-Sady, PhD*
  • Mark Ansel, PhD*
  • Ryan Hernandez, PhD
  • Jason Gestwicki, PhD
  • Aimee Medeiros, PhD
  • Sarah Knox, PhD
  • Diane Barber, PhD
  • Joe Bondy-Denomy, PhD
  • Carol Gross, PhD
  • Seemay Chou, PhD
  • Noelle L'Etoile, PhD
  • Licia Selleri, PhD, MD
  • Anna Molofsky, MD, PhD
  • Todd Nystul, PhD
  • Geeta Narlikar, PhD
  • Anatol Kreitzer, PhD
  • Stephen Floor, PhD
  • Rushika Perera, PhD
  • Matt Spitzer, PhD
  • Anita Sil, MD, PhD
  • Kaveh Ashrafi, PhD
  • Michael McManus, PhD
  • Sophie Dumont, PhD
  • Demian Sainz