Catalina Piatt-Esguerra

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan (2019)
  • M.A., Spanish & Latin American Studies, American University (2011)
  • B.A., Hispanic Studies, The College of William and Mary (2008)

Catalina Piatt-Esguerra is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Education & Human Development’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Starting in January 2021 as DEI Programs Manager, Catalina worked alongside Dean Berry’s leadership to lead the Office in improving the School’s efforts to address racism and other forms of social injustice, both internally and externally, creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable school environment, and enhancing school-wide accountability, effectiveness, and collaboration. Together, they led the design, launch, and operation of DEI-focused professional development and community-building opportunities for the School’s community of 1200+ students (online and in-person) and 300+ faculty and staff. Since its inception in Fall 2020, the Office of DEI has built several new suites of programs, trainings, workshops, and initiatives for the EHD community, and she works as a DEI consultant in the Charlottesville community and beyond.

As an educator, Catalina is dedicated to the values of diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining EHD, she worked at the Miller School of Albemarle—where she taught Spanish and served as the school’s first Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In this role, she worked in a variety of areas—ranging from curriculum, residence life, and professional development—to design and support initiatives aimed at making the Miller School a more inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment. While at the University of Michigan, she worked as a success coach for first-generation students of color in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives and completed the Rackham Graduate’s School Professional Development Certificate in DEI.