José A. Villalba is the chief diversity officer. Prior to his current position, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, Evaluation, and Inclusivity in the Office of the Dean of the College.
He also is a professor of Counseling. He has been affiliated with the Department of Counseling since arriving at Wake Forest in 2011, and served as its first coordinator of the Minor in Health and Human Services.
Prior to arriving at Wake Forest, he was an associate professor of counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as an assistant professor of counseling at Indiana State University. He teaches courses in multicultural counseling, career counseling, health and human services, and supervises counseling interns. His research interests included health disparities in Latina/o youth, as well as Latina/o access to and completion of higher education options. Over the past 4 years, since arriving in the Dean’s Office, he has facilitated diversity and inclusion efforts for faculty and students, in an effort to address issues of access and equity across campus.