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Mitchell Chang

Associate Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor
Mitchell J. Chang
Mitchell Chang

Moore Hall 3127
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

Mitchell Chang
Associate Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor

Chang’s research focuses on the educational efficacy of diversity-related initiatives on college campuses and how to apply those best practices toward advancing student learning and democratizing institutions. He has written over ninety publications, some of which were cited in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Grutter v. Bollinger, one of two cases involving the use of race sensitive admissions practices at the University of Michigan.



  • Associate Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professor of Education (and of Asian American Studies)


  • Ph.D., Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
  • Ed.M., Education, Harvard University, 1990
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow, elected 2016
  • ASHE-Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) Founder’s Service Award, 2014
  • Citation for Outstanding Leadership (AERA Council), 2014
  • Outstanding Reviewer (AERA publications), 2013 & 2014

Select Publications

  • Chang, M.J. (2015). Sense and sensibility: Considering the dynamic between scholarship and lived experiences. In B. Pusser, A. Martinez-Aleman, & E. Bensimon (Eds.), Critical Research in Higher Education: A Practical Introduction (pp. 44-58). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Chang, M. J., Sharkness, J., Hurtado, S., & Newman, C. B., (2014). What matters in college for retaining aspiring scientists and engineers from underrepresented racial groups. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(5), 555-677.
  • Chang, M.J. (2013). Post-Fisher: The unfinished research agenda on student diversity in higher education, Educational Researcher, 42(3), 172-173.
  • Denson, N., & Chang, M.J. (2009). Racial diversity matters: The impact of diversity-related student engagement and institutional context. American Educational Research Journal, 46(2), 322-353.