May 29, 2018


SUBJECT:    Appointment of Elena Acevedo Dalcourt as Director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD) and Title IX Officer

We are pleased to announce that after an extensive, national search, Elena Acevedo Dalcourt, JD, has been appointed as the Director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination and UC San Diego Title IX Officer. In her role as Director, Ms. Acevedo’s responsibilities include managing institutional compliance efforts for nondiscrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence, developing effective prevention training and outreach efforts, and reviewing and revising policies and procedures to ensure effective complaint resolution and response for all faculty, staff and students. Ms. Acevedo will focus her efforts on ensuring that UC San Diego provides an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, staff and faculty, free from harassment and discrimination based on sex, race, and other protected categories under law and University policies.

Ms. Acevedo served as the Interim Director of OPHD and Title IX Officer since January 2018. As Interim Director, she utilized her professional experience and subject-matter expertise to engage campus partners and leadership in addressing campus culture, and design prevention strategies in pursuing a culture of equality and respect. Ms. Acevedo has an extensive background in conducting complex investigations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and all forms of bias-related harassment and discrimination in higher education and health system settings. Ms. Acevedo is an expert in trauma-informed practices and utilizing restorative justice principles in student and workplace investigations. She has been with OPHD since 2013.

Prior to joining OPHD, Ms. Acevedo practiced law in private and non-profit settings. As a Staff Attorney for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, she provided direct legal representation to immigrant survivors of domestic violence in petition processes as victims of violent crime, and hosted community dialogues with local law enforcement to address barriers to reporting crimes in immigrant communities. She has provided training on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U Visas to lawyers, law enforcement and the broader San Diego community.

Ms. Acevedo began her legal career as a member of the Hispanic/Latino Business Practice group at an AmLaw 100 law firm, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton in San Diego. She served as General Counsel to a company conducting business in 32 countries, where she managed a portfolio of international patents, trademarks and copyrights. Ms. Acevedo is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. At Berkeley Law, she was member of the California Law Review and the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice, where she published scholarly articles on institutional barriers to accessing public benefits for Latinas, and intersectional gender issues in international human rights law. Ms. Acevedo also studied at the Universitat de Barcelona in conjunction with the University of San Diego Comparative Law Institute.

Please join us in welcoming Elena Acevedo Dalcourt to her new position at UC San Diego.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Judith C. Bruner
Chief Ethics &
Compliance Officer