In the story, Élida discusses her decision to join Berkeley Haas in this newly created role, following work with UCSF in the departments of Psychiatry and Diversity and Outreach. “It was clear that there was a real commitment here to this work,” she told P&Q.
She talks about her childhood growing up in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood and being bused to another neighborhood for school, an early experience that fed into her love of learning about different cultures. As a teenager, she told P&Q, she was part of a rural farm community in Southern California and the first in her family to go to college. She studied at Claremont McKenna College, then earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.
While in a post-doctoral position with UCSF and what is now the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Élida became a staff psychologist and co-director of clinical training, with a focus on multicultural clinical training, and later, an associate clinical professor and director of clinical training.
Élida told P&Q that she found Berkeley Haas to be a natural fit, saying, “Haas is interested in preparing leaders to be able to work with anybody, anywhere in the world, from a variety of identities.”
Her initial focus is on climate and on supporting student-led initiatives that include a Gender Equity Initiative, Manbassadors club, and Race Inclusion Initiative. “I’ve seen similar job descriptions posted before," she told P&Q, “but here it really felt like they were really serious about it.”