News 2020: UMass Dartmouth announces new Chief Diversity Officer
UMass Dartmouth announces new Chief Diversity Officer

David Gomes named as Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator

Dear UMass Dartmouth Community,

I am pleased to announce that David Gomes has been appointed as Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator at UMass Dartmouth.

With significant experience in the areas of regulatory compliance, human resources management, and diversity and inclusion initiatives across multiple industries, including healthcare, facilities management, financial services, legal, and higher education, David has the vision and drive to create a workplace that holistically champions fairness, humanity, and equality.

Before his current role at UMass Dartmouth, David managed the equal opportunity and affirmative action programming for a global integrated facilities management company, with a staff of approximately 17,000 employees across North America. David earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston College and his Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. He currently teaches Employment Law and Employment Discrimination courses at UMass Law.

In his new role, and in collaboration with partners across the campus community, David will direct the University’s efforts in identifying, analyzing, and eliminating obstacles to diversity and inclusion efforts. This includes promoting equity across campus, developing strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented student, faculty, and staff populations, and programming initiatives that support a welcoming environment for all.

David has already taken the lead in these efforts. Most recently, he was instrumental in reconstructing the University’s Diversity Council, where he serves as co-chair. As a testament to his active involvement with the campus community, David serves as the co-chair for the Black History 4 Seasons Council and works with and advises students in the NAACP College Chapter, the House of Deliberations, the Pre-Law Society, and the Student Government Association, where he was named 2020 Student Advisor of the Year.

A lack of racial and social justice has plagued our society for too long. We can help heal our community by creating opportunities for those among us who feel marginalized, but we all must commit to this important work both on our campus and in the communities that we serve. I am confident that David will continue to make UMass Dartmouth a better place to learn, work, and grow.



Mark Preble, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chancellor