Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux (MS '03) is Caltech's Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Assessment.
Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux (MS '03) was appointed Caltech's inaugural Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Assessment in January 2021. The newly established position allows Malcom-Piqueux to leverage her professional expertise and experiences studying, teaching, and conducting research in STEM fields to enhance, expand, and coordinate Caltech's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in a strategic research-based manner.
In addition, starting in September 2021, when Vice Provost Cindy Weinstein's term as the Institute's chief diversity officer ends, Malcom-Piqueux will also assume the responsibilities of the chief diversity officer and report directly to the president in that capacity.
Malcom-Piqueux is a respected scholar and nationally recognized expert, having provided consultation and expertise to the National Science Foundation, NASA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Physics, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the American Educational Research Association, and JPL, among other organizations. In December 2020, Malcom-Piqueux was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) study committee on Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in the Leadership of Competed Space Missions and was commissioned to write a paper on the implications of transformations in STEM higher education on racial equity by the NASEM Board on Science Education.
Prior to joining Caltech's administration, Malcom-Piqueux served as associate director of research and policy at the Center for Urban Education at USC and as a faculty member at the George Washington University and UC Riverside. She holds a bachelor's degree in planetary science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master's degree in planetary science from Caltech, and a doctoral degree in urban education with a concentration in higher education, from USC.
In order to ensure that all Caltech students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and alumni feel connected to the Institute, we have to engage in the difficult self-reflection and self-assessment needed to understand where our challenges lie, and how we can best surmount those challenges.