The Office of the Dean of the Autonomous University of Baja California will have a new official starting Jan. 27 for the next four years.

Before that happens, the University Board has prepared the succession process for the appointment of a new Dean.

Board President and former Dean Gabriel Estrella said that in order to discuss the process the college system plans to hold three meetings with the community.

The first meeting will take place Oct. 3 in Mexicali.

The meetings seek to gather information to define what issues are of concern to the community regarding teaching, research, human rights, infrastructure and others.

Proposals can be submitted before 6 p.m. by Sept. 21.

The university has not had a woman in the Office of the Dean.

Months ago, Dean Octavio Valdez proposed to change the college’s motto in order to make it more inclusive. By the same time, lawmakers introduced a bill that seeks to force the university system to include more women in top positions.

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