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Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, Ph.D

Education and DEI Consultant, ID Educational Solutions

Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, Ph.D  is an educational and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant to public and private entities. She provides leadership to organizations on programs that seek to increase educational opportunities for Hispanics and foster collaborative initiatives.

She also advises organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices such as how to establish

business/employee resource groups (B/ERGs), and how to support B/ERGs in implementing programs to increase their business and community impact. Dr. Diaz-Claisse is the founder, president, and CEO of Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that aims to inspire Latino students to discover their potential
and ignite their desire to embrace education and achieve success.

 

HISPA achieves this goal by mobilizing Latino professionals to serve as role models in educational programs in their communities. Under her leadership, HISPA has recruited 3,000 volunteers, conducted more than 1,600 HISPA Role Model Program sessions and 30 Youth Conferences, and launched innovative virtual educational programs, reaching
17,000 students to date. The expansion has been made possible by careful cultivation of strong relationships with more than three dozen corporations that have resulted in funding, sponsorships,volunteers and in-kind support. Under her leadership HISPA received the Presidential Award for
Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2020), and the White House Initiative on
Educational Excellence for Hispanics’ “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” (2015).


Dr. Diaz-Claisse was elected to the President’s Council of Cornell Women in 2017 and inducted into Trenton YWCA’s Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. Her leadership and devotion to supporting Latino youth have been recognized by Prospanica’s Brillante Award for Community Service Excellence (2018); Color
Magazine’s All-Inclusive Awards’ Change Agent Award - Individual (2017); New Jersey Hispanic Leadership Association Education Award (2014); Princeton University Service Award for exemplary service and dedicated leadership (2013); Latino Institute 2013 award for supporting Latino students at all levels;
NJIT Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Educator of the Year Award (2012); Verizon Hispanic Support Award (2011); and New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center Distinguished María De Castro Blake Outstanding Community Service Award (2010).


Her professional background includes a 10-year career at AT&T as an Operations Research Analyst supporting network capacity planning initiatives by providing expertise in data analysis, optimization and forecasting. She also served as the National President of the Hispanic Employee Resource Group of AT&T. She holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico; a master’s in engineering in operations research from Cornell University, a master’s in mathematics from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Arizona State University.