Photo of Craig Elliott - trainer, consultant, and speaker on diversity, leadership, and social justice Trainer, consultant, and speaker on diversity, leadership, and social justice.

Dr. Craig Elliott II works as the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA and holds a rank of Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA and his doctoral research was on fathering as a feminist experience.  As an administrator at Samuel Merritt University, Dr. Elliott plays a significant role in the University’s efforts on inclusion, equity and social justice.

Craig’s research interests explore deconstruction

He investigates he breaking down of socially limiting gender roles, fathers and feminism, white caucus work, the intersection of Transformative Learning and Social Justice work, inclusion and equity, and institutional change.  He has contributed chapters on feminism, fathering, co-authored an article on the transformative nature of medical missions, and an article on the climate of inclusion and equity for publication.

Craig has presented numerous programs at the local and national level on diversity, gender, class, social justice, social change and leadership, and served in various higher education organizations in a variety of capacities.

Notably, Craig chaired the Inclusion Task Force for the American College Personnel Association in 2002, served as President of the California College Personnel Association, served on the national convention planning teams (2002 and 2013), and served as a board member for the City of Alameda Food Bank.  He is a Social Justice Training Institute alumnus, a past faculty intern with SJTI, and a Co-Lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute.