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Sanjeev R. Kulkarni, Ph.D. (Center Right)

Dean of the Graduate School

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Dean Kulkarni has had a distinguished career as a researcher and educator at Princeton. His research spans a broad range of areas related to understanding fundamental limits and developing methods for processing data and information, with a focus on information theory, machine learning, statistical pattern recognition, and signal and image processing. Due to the research's interdisciplinary nature, he has worked extensively with the philosophy department as well as colleagues in computer science, psychology, and operations research and financial engineering. One of his projects is an interdisciplinary, multi-institution collaboration through the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Science of Information, which seeks to provide quantitative understanding of information representation, processing, and communication in biological, social and engineered systems. Dean Kulkarni is a fellow of the IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

In addition to advising dozens of undergraduate and graduate students' research projects, Dean Kulkarni has taught or co-taught a variety of courses in electrical engineering, computer science, philosophy, and operations research and financial engineering. He won the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2007 and the engineering school's Distinguished Teacher Award in 2004. Students selected him for the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2009, and have given him seven Engineering Council Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Dean Kulkarni has been an active participant in many departmental, school, and university-wide committees and advisory groups. In addition to serving on several program committees within the engineering school, he also has served on the Healthier Princeton Advisory Board, the Frist Campus Center Advisory Board, the Alcohol Coalition Committee, and he is an academic athletic fellow for the football team and a faculty fellow at Butler College. He also is on the Sustainability Steering Council, the faculty advisory committee for Labyrinth Books, and serves as a trustee of Princeton University Press.

Dean Kulkarni holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics, all from Clarkson University. After completing a master's degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University, he earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dale Trevino, Ph.D. (Center)

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Campus Phone: 609-258-3257

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Dean Trevino began his career in higher education 28 years ago. As the Associate Dean he has primary responsibility for planning, implementation, and assessment of the School’s goals related to access, diversity, and inclusion of the graduate student body. Dean Trevino partners with multiple constituencies within the Graduate School and with colleagues in the Office of the Provost, academic departments and programs, and beyond, to promote Princeton as an institution in which diversity and inclusion are core intellectual values.  He also seeks to increase the access, retention, and success of students that have been historically underrepresented or marginalized in graduate education, including racial and ethnic minorities, women, first-generation students, low-income students, LGBT students, individuals with disabilities, and others. In his former role at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Heath, Dr. Trevino was hired to develop and lead the school’s first ever Office of Diversity and Inclusion. His portfolio included assisting the Associate Dean for Diversity with issues affecting the overall school campus climate issues. Prior to joining the School in 2008, Dr. Trevino served as the Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to his appointment as the director at Colorado, he served as the Associate/Assistant Director, as well as a university counselor in that department. 

Dean Trevino serves on a variety of campus committees such as the Senior Diversity Officers Committee, Princeton Diversity Programming Committee, Graduate School Admissions Committee, and the McGraw Learning Center Diversity Committee. At Harvard he served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (Co-Chair), Harvard Catalyst Diversity Committee (career mobility and education, awareness & policies subcommittees), Co-founder and past Co-Chair of the Harvard Association of Latino Faculty and Staff Association, Initiative for Minority Student Development Advisory Committee, and the “One Harvard” new admitted minority graduate student committee. In addition, Dr. Trevino is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, American Counseling Association, American Bereavement Association, Academy of Management, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, National Association for Multicultural Education, Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Health, and serves as a Planning Board member of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, Dialogues on Diversity Board of Directors, and previous member of the Hispanic Associations of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Southwest Airlines Minority Student Travel Scholarship Committee, and the National Youth Awards Ceremony of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

Originally from Colorado, Dr. Trevino earned a bachelors degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a master’s of education degree from Colorado State University, and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Trevino was also selected to participate in the Harvard Management Development Program and earned an executive management program certificate from the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Julie Yun, Psy.D. (Far Right)

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Campus Phone 609-258-1328

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Dean Yun holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has spent her entire career using her training to support and enhance diversity and inclusion efforts on three university campuses. Before coming to Princeton to assume the role of Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Graduate school, she held a variety of roles in her career at the University of Colorado and the University of Massachusetts Boston: victim advocate; Multicultural Counselor and Coordinator of Multicultural Graduate Student Services; Psychotherapist and Outreach Coordinator; and Director of Clinical Counseling Services.  She has also been active in supporting the Asian American communities in Denver and Boston through community outreach and advocacy. She has a strong commitment to social justice and has dedicated her career to breaking down barriers to opportunity and access to health and educational attainment. Dean Yun looks forward to working closely with colleagues and students at Princeton to  build the diverse and inclusive community it aspires to be. 


Venus Israni, M.Ed. (Center Left)

Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion

Campus Phone: 609-258-9637

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As the Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion, Venus has primary responsibilities for overseeing the Diversity Fellows Program, managing/reconciling diversity and inclusion finances as well as supporting the student recruitment strategy. Prior to this, Venus served as the Assistant Director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she oversaw the department’s budget, led a team of 12 Student Ambassadors, developed strategies for and operationalized URM recruitment plans, counseled and advised student group leaders, and partnered with numerous University/School departments, offices, and local organizations to execute programming geared towards: LGBT, female, low income, disability awareness, international, first generation, multiracial, Native American, API, Latino, and African American communities. Venus also worked to integrate and weave diversity and inclusion initiatives into the Offices of Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Office of Education, Human Resources, Financial Aid, Admissions, Alumni Affairs and Career Advancement.

Venus also served on a wide range of committees, working to support underrepresented populations within the School and University, including the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, Power and Differences Planning Committee, Joint School Student of Color Engagement Committee, Admitted Student Open House Planning Committee, Diversity Dialogue Planning Committee, One Harvard Planning Committee, Harvard Medical School Multicultural Fellows Committee, Committee on the Concerns of Women at Harvard Steering Committee, Shattuck Resident Assistant Search and Interview Committee, School Innovation Project Committee, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Graduation Committee. Venus holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a Master of Education from Boston University.


Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez, Ph.D. (Far Left)

Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives in the Natural Sciences

Campus Phone: 609-258-9623

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In the spring of 2016, Vanessa joined The Graduate School at Princeton as the Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives in the Natural Sciences. Dean Gonzalez-Perez’s work focuses on the recruitment and retention of diverse students, creating and maintaining student enhancement and retention programs within the natural sciences, managing the  Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular Biology and the Lewis Sigler Institute and other natural sciences, and mentoring of students.

Dean Gonzalez-Perez has also served as an Assistant Research Professor at the College of Pharmacy at the Washington State University and as the Manager of the Pharmacology Core for the newly established Center for the Study of Natural Product-Drug Interactions, where she was involved in the strategy design and executive of statements of work and research strategies.

Dean Gonzalez-Perez has received a number of distinctions and served on numerous boards, committees and mentoring networks. She is currently a diversity officer for the National Postdoctoral Association and a virtual mentor for both the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Carolina Latino/a Collaborative Mentoring Program. Her work as a scientist and an advocate have been highlighted in various platforms such as the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and the National Science Foundation Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences blog.

Dean Gonzalez-Perez received her B.S. in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico in 2003. She earned her Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Caressa Sanford (not pictured)

Coordinator for Diversity Initiatives in the Natural Sciences

Campus Phone: 609-258-9794

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Caressa Sanford is an experienced Higher Education Professional whose own educational experience as an underrepresented student ultimately led her to a career in Diversity and Inclusion. Caressa earned both her masters and bachelor degree in Communication at Fairleigh Dickinson University. With a background in residence life, admissions, and recruitment, Caressa strives to serve and support underrepresented students throughout their educational journey. Caressa volunteers as an Academic Advisor for the nonprofit organization, Teen Sharp, and is a board member for a newly founded nonprofit organization, BGCM Community Center and Sportsplex. Caressa is also a freelance writer and career and business enthusiast who enjoys mentoring others in best job search practices, resume writing, and more.