Dr. Sumun Pendakur
Assistant Vice-President for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Sumun Pendakur, Ed.D., is Assistant Vice-President for Diversity and Inclusion at Harvey Mudd College. Sumi is a member of the President’s Cabinet and serves as the co-Chief Diversity Officer, partnering with Academic Affairs, to focus on campus-wide efforts related to access, equity, campus climate, and inclusion. She also directs HMC's social justice education center, the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID). Sumi serves as a consultant, speaker, and facilitator regionally and nationally, helping campuses, non-profits, and other organizations build capacity for cultural competence, social justice, and equitable practices. She is a scholar-practitioner, whose research interests include Critical Race Theory, Asian American and Pacific Islander students, change agents, and institutional transformation. Sumi is passionate about empowering students, faculty, and staff to be agents of change in their spheres of influence.
Prior to Harvey Mudd College, Sumi spent 7.5 years at the University of Southern California, where she served as the director for Asian Pacific American Student Services. In 2011, she won the USC Remarkable Women Award and the USC Rossier School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award. In 2014, she won the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award from the NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community.
Sumi has held leadership positions and presented her original research at NASPA, ACPA, NADOHE, NCORE, and ASHE. Most recently, Sumi was appointed to the Board of Directors for NADOHE, the national chief diversity officers' organization, for 2016-2019.
Pendakur is a graduate of Northwestern University with a double major in Women’s Studies and History and a Minor in Spanish. She holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the USC Rossier School of Education.
Sumi is married to actor Sunil Malhotra and is the proud (and permanently tired) mommy of 4-year-old Shashi Veer Pendakur Malhotra.