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HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
Accomplished and dynamic professional experience in higher education administration at campus, system wide, and university governance levels. Service focused with strong knowledge and background in student, faculty, and staff equity and inclusion efforts with a strong commitment to cultural competency, social justice, and advancing the development and success of traditionally economically and educationally disadvantaged populations. Highly reliable with strong commitment to student success and student-centered institutional interventions and support tied to academic, co-curricular, and interpersonal learning outcomes. Proactive with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working with different personalities across cross-functional levels.
• University of California Regent Emeritus with extensive experience dealing with intersegment, State, and federal opportunities and obstacles.
• Extensive experience working within and with multiple student affairs departments, colleagues, and a diverse group of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and bridging communications with student affairs and academic affairs units.
Program & Project Management • Student Engagement & Development Expertise • Program Assessment
• System wide Collaboration & Oversight • Co-Curricular Program Development • Public & Community Relations
• Policy & Legislative Analysis, Interpretation, & Implementation • Accountability Metrics & Framework
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 2004 – Present
Diversity Coordinator and Special Advisor to the Provost, 2010 – Present
Act as high-level advisor to executive leaders including President and Provost. Coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts, projects and initiatives for students, faculty, and staff in the UC system. Prepare annual report on University diversity and advised on regular reporting of diversity data on all system wide reports; and develop documents and communications for internal and external constituents.
• Serve as liaison to the ten campuses, five medical centers, and national labs on diversity and climate related initiatives
• Function as senior consultant to council on campus climate and Regents Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Climate, co-Chair of the UC Office of the President employee climate council; and as Consultant to the Academic Senate Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity
Educational Opportunity Program Director • UC Merced, 2010
Initiated the EOP (“Fiat Lux Scholars Program”) office at UC Merced to provide support services to low-income, first generation and underrepresented minority students in their first and second year.
Special Programs Manager • UC Santa Barbara, 2004-2009
Coordinated the academic and administrative aspects of a freshman summer transition program and high school academic outreach programs. Worked closely with academic departments, colleges, and student affairs units in providing students with academic advising, course curriculum and workshops.
• Oversaw summer residential and housing program, and managed a $3 million+ program budget and expense reports.
Endowment for Youth Program • Santa Barbara Elementary Schools Program 2003 – 2006
Program Manager and Site Coordinator
Worked closely with administrators and teachers in the implementation of an after-school program for low-income, minority students; provided mentoring and tutoring to third and fourth grade students.
Vista Del Monte Retirement Community • Santa Barbara, CA 2004
Handled clerical duties, publication writing, database entry, basic accounting, cashiering, budgeting, and insurance billing procedures. Coordinated with patients regarding billing and liaised with a variety of insurance companies.
• Helped reduced the facility’s past-due physical therapy services debt by 75%.
City of Carpinteria • City Manager’s Office 2004
Completed state reports on housing and low-income housing needs, and state report on the city’s implementation of the General Plan with emphasis on every aspect of citywide governance and functions.
California Student Opportunity and Access Program • (Cal-SOAP) 2002 – 2004
College Advisor and Tutor
Worked with underrepresented minority, low-income, first generation students and their parents. Assisted high school and community college students with academic subjects in classrooms and after school centers. Provided students with information on study skills, career exploration, college preparation, college choice, financial aid, course/program choice, and college application procedures.
Bridge Builders Diversity Education Program • Southwestern University 2000 – 2001
Carried out educational, recreational, social, and administrative outreach activities; Organized diversity trainings for students, faculty, and staff, including conducting seminars, hosting guest lectures, films, reading groups, discussion groups, trips, and retreats.
• Trained in diversity education; and functioned as discussion facilitator. Facilitated focus groups, panel discussions, activities, and diversity education seminars.
• Awarded with the “Celebrating Diversity” Student Award for leadership in advocating for and promoting diversity.
Service Mentor; At-Risk Youth Be a Mentor, Inc. Program 2010 – Present
Student Regent University of California Board of Regents 2008 – 2010
University Affairs Executive Board Member University of California Student Association 2006 – 2008
External VP for Statewide Affairs UC Santa Barbara Graduate Student Association 2006 – 2008
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
Ph.D. in Cultural Perspectives in Education, Anticipated Degree: 06/2012
Concentrations in persistence/retention theories, student development, co-curricular student engagement,
diversity in higher education, program evaluation
M.A. in Cultural Perspectives in Education, 2010
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California – Santa Barbara, CA
B.A. in Political Science, 2005
Westmont College – Santa Barbara, CA
Magna cum Laude
Project Management Certification (SJSU)
Supervisory Skills Training Program (UCOP)
Performance Management Series (UCOP)