Our Team

Pamela Balls Organista, Ph.D.

Vice Provost

Pamela Balls Organista oversees the Office of Diversity, Engagement, and Community Outreach (DECO). In addition to DECO, Pamela is also responsible for the Institute of Nonviolence and Social Justice. The two offices work closely to support the university's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at the University of San Francisco. 

Gladys PerezGladys A. Perez, MA  

Program Assistant
Phone: (415) 422-2683 | Email: gaperez5@usfca.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers

As the daughter of immigrant parents from Oaxaca, Mexico, Gladys A. Perez is a proud Bay Area resident, first-generation college graduate, and artist.

After completing her Bachelor’s in Sociology at USF, Gladys joined the administrative staff of the College of Arts & Sciences in 2015 where she helped foster community among faculty and students through supporting Latinx academic programs and events. Since then she has remained heavily involved in the university by serving as the staff advisor for the student club Latinas Unidas, being an active member of the Working Group to Support Undocumented Students, and providing support as a Process Advocate for the Bias Education and Resource Team (BERT).

A double-Don, Gladys completed her MA in International & Multicultural Education in the School of Education where her research interest included immigration, (counter) storytelling, and creative writing. She hopes to continue her work in higher education to help students explore their experiences through creative writing in order to create a more inclusive university community. Outside of USF, she pursues creative writing and painting to honor her immigrant and indigenous roots and enjoys tending to her indoor garden.

In addition to supporting DECO, Gladys also support the USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice.