Carole E. Goldberg Appointed Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

June 15, 2020

To the Campus Community:

I am pleased to announce that Carole E. Goldberg, distinguished research professor and Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law Emerita, has agreed to serve as interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion from July 1 through August 31, after which Anna Spain Bradley will begin her term.

Carole joined the faculty of UCLA School of Law in 1972, and she has held the title of distinguished professor since 2010. Her research and teaching have focused on Native American tribal law and federal Indian law. Before her retirement from the law school faculty in 2018, she served as associate dean, founding director of the Joint Degree Program in Law and American Indian Studies, and co-founder of the school’s Critical Race Studies Program.

From 1993 to 1994, she was chair of UCLA’s Academic Senate, and from 2011 to 2016, she was vice chancellor for academic personnel. She has also served as UCLA’s campus repatriation officer and as acting director of UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center. As vice chancellor, she led UCLA’s first comprehensive faculty salary equity studies and promoted the incorporation of faculty contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in academic personnel reviews.

Carole’s impressive body of scholarship includes the most influential legal treatise on federal Indian law; a widely used teaching casebook in that field; and numerous books and articles addressing issues of tribal sovereignty, jurisdictional conflicts, racialization, Indian child welfare, violence against Native women, repatriation of Native American ancestors, and federal recognition. Her research has been supported by major grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

In 2011, President Barack Obama chose her as one of his three appointees to the Indian Law and Order Commission, which was established by Congress to advance justice and safety in Indian country. The Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Section gave her its prestigious Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. She currently serves as chief justice of the Court of Appeals of the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona, and is co-founder of the first independent, tuition-free middle and high school for girls in Indian country, located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Carole earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. from Smith College.

Chancellor Block and I appreciate Carole’s willingness to serve as interim vice chancellor during this period of leadership transition in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.


Emily A. Carter
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost