Assistant Vice President for International & Diversity
"If you're going to build a nationally recognized university, you want to recruit the best faculty and students you can. And all of them need to be welcomed and treated equitably on campus and throughout the community. It's the smart thing to do and it's the right thing to do."
Ruth Lopez currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for International and Diversity at the University of North Florida (UNF), where she has worked for the past 14 years. As Assistant Vice President, Mrs. Lopez provides leadership and guidance for all University matters related to cultural diversity and inclusion, equitable spaces, and the internationalization of the campus. Mrs. Lopez works with and oversees the following departments: the Department of Diversity Initiatives, English Language Program, International Center, International Scholars, the LGBT Resource Center, and the Peace Corps Prep Program.
Mrs. Lopez has professional affiliations with organizations in international education and student affairs such as NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Florida Consortium for International Education and since 2015 has served on the NCAA International Student Records Committee. Mrs. Lopez also serves in the University’s Commission on Diversity & Inclusion and the International Studies Degree Program Advisory Council.
Mrs. Lopez has traveled to more than 20 countries abroad, and has lived and worked in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, conducting research and translation services on human rights violations against homeless and street children for Covenant House.
Mrs. Lopez is currently a candidate in the Doctoral program in Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida. Mrs. Lopez earned a master’s degree in International Studies from Florida International University and earned two bachelors from the University of North Florida in Spanish and International Studies. Mrs. Lopez was born in Cuba, grew up in Miami, and is a first-generation college graduate.