Dr. Denzil Streete

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Denzil Anthony Streete

Dr. Denzil Streete is currently the Chief of Staff & Assistant Dean for Diversity at the Graduate Division of the University of California, Berkeley. In that role he simultaneously directs the Office for Graduate Diversity. Previously, Denzil was at Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he was Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity. Strongly influenced by his experiences while pursuing a PhD, Dr. Streete has devoted his career to addressing the recruitment and retention of minoritized students in graduate programs. While at Yale, in addition to speaking at campuses across the country and attending national conferences to engage underrepresented students, Dr. Streete initiated efforts to utilize web-based approaches to recruiting students. Among these efforts has been the Bouchet Bootcamp to provide minoritized students from around the country with the tools and knowledge for applying to graduate programs. Dr. Streete has also worked with graduate programs to improve their recruitment initiatives and departmental climates. Dr. Streete has served on the Executive Committee of The Leadership Alliance, a consortium of institutions which seek to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector. Denzil was born in Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago, and moved to the USA to pursue a college education. He graduated with honors from St Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Dr. Streete earned a Masters of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Columbia University, having attended Teachers College, Columbia University. His PhD is in Comparative and International Education, with a specialization in the Economics of Education. At Teachers College, Columbia University, Denzil served as Contracts Administrator in the Office of the General Counsel, and upon graduation worked as a Teaching Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Syracuse University’s School of Education where he specialized in teaching qualitative research methods. As part of his leadership in qualitative research methods at Syracuse University, Dr. Streete served as Qualitative Consultant for the interdisciplinary “Fit Families Research Project” examining ways families can maximize adapted physical activity for children with disabilities. His research interests include access and equity in higher education; the ‘Free College Movement’; minoritized males in higher education; and Caribbean education policy.