Florence Raven Nocar, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Chief Equity and Diversity Officer, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity

Title IX/EO/AA (504) Coordinator

Department: (956) 665-2452
Office: (956) 665-2103

Florence Raven Nocar serves as the Chief Equity and Diversity Officer of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.  In her role, she furthers UTRGV’s commitment to equal access, equity, non-discrimination, and to diversity and inclusion on behalf of staff, faculty and students.

She has a law degree from The University of California, Los Angeles, is a certified mediator, and is a ATIXA certified Title IX Coordinator. She received her B.A. in Psychology w/ Honors from Stanford University. 

Florence has over 18 years of diversity and inclusion higher education experience.  At Stanford, she did thesis work on conflict resolution strategies and was an active member of the Stanford Native American Indian Organization (SAIO).  At UCLA, she served as Vice President of the Native American Law Students’ Association and was an active member of the La Raza Law Student Association.  She also served as an Associate Editor for the Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance. She has provided pro bono legal services to homeless LGBTQ youth through the Outside In Legal Clinic and advocated on behalf of marginalized women through the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She also served on the Multnomah County, Oregon Diversity committee. In 2011, she was honored with a Diversity Achievement Award presented at the decennial Oregon Bar’s Convocation on Equality. 

She has served as one of UTRGV’s Deputy Title IX Coordinators since 2015 and comes with prior Deputy Title IX experience from The University of Texas - Pan American.  She was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and is also a graduate of the Science Academy of South Texas. 

Becky Espinosa, MS

Senior Institutional Equity Investigator

Department: (956) 665-2452
Office: (956) 665-3838

Becky Espinosa is the Institutional Equity Investigator for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity/Department of Legal Affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Her duties include conducting fair, equitable investigations specific to discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints. 

Ms. Espinosa earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice, a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of science in counseling from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. She possesses a wealth of investigative experience and has worked diligently in the criminal justice system at both the state and federal level. Ms. Espinosa served as a United States Pretrial Services Officer and subsequently as a Senior Investigative Specialist for the United States District Courts - Southern District of Texas for twelve consecutive years.  Following her federal employment stint, Ms. Espinosa worked as a Special Investigator conducting federal employee background investigations and security clearance adjudications in support of national security.  Ms. Espinosa’s professional experience also includes having worked as a Title VII and Title IX Investigator for the Office of Compliance/President at Texas A & M University - Kingsville.

Ms. Espinosa has successfully completed investigator training through the Title IX Compliance Institute and the EEOC Training Institute.  She is presently certified as an ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator and she has also received advanced training as a Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigator through the SAFVIC Program.

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