Vina Tran

Vina joined the Office of the Provost in September 2021, and is currently the Assistant Provost for Faculty Advancement. She is responsible for faculty development programming and initiatives, development and analysis of the faculty diversity data dashboard, and management of special events and communications.

Prior to this role, Vina was the chief of staff at the Social Science Research Council where she spearheaded the Inequality Initiative, a series of programs and projects that bring innovative social science analysis to bear on our understanding of the roots and consequences of unequal participation in political, economic, and social systems across the globe; organized workshops to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and fostered a pipeline internship program for historically underrepresented students.

She has over a decade of experience working in higher education. At Columbia, she was the executive director for decanal affairs in the Division of Social Science in Arts and Sciences and worked on gender equity programs through the Women Creating Change initiative at the Center for the Study of Social Difference; the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

She is an advisory board member of the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research on women and girls of color at Columbia and the NSF funded project PROGRESS or Peer Review Objectives and Guidelines for Equity and Representation in the Social Sciences at SSRC. She holds master’s degrees in public administration from Columbia and in gender, sexuality, and cultural studies from the University of Manchester.