OK, we learned something new today. We’ve written a lot about DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) but we’d never heard of DEIBJ, which stands for “diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice” (how soon until we see DEIBJ+). The Skimm interviewed UC Berkeley’s new Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion, Dania Matos, who describes the emotional toll of her $325,000 a year gig.

At the time of her interview, she’d only been at UC Berkeley for about a month, so her typical day consisted of “holding informal and formal listening sessions focused on truth-telling, trust, and transformation.”

The Skimm asked her about the hardest part of her job:

I am up against a lot of systems of power that are bigger than myself. It takes a little bit out of you. When you’re battling injustices, systemic oppression, racism, sexism – all those things – your heart breaks into a million pieces. I have to pick all those pieces up and put my heart back together every single time.

No wonder she rakes in the big bucks. Berkeley must be a hotbed of systemic oppression, racism, and sexism.

But we need to forgive the debt over every student who racked up tens of thousands to get their gender and oppression studies degree at UC Berkeley.

According to The Skimm, Chief Diversity Officers are 68 percent female.

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