Patricia Gonzalez, the new Assistant Director for Student Development Diversity Initiatives (SDDI), comes to us from Emory & Henry College (E&H) in Emory, VA, where she served as the inaugural Director of Inclusion & Diversity at the Inclusion & Dialogue Center. In this capacity, she participated in the Retention Committee, Russell Scholars Committee, and developed programming and trainings centered on promoting inclusive and safe spaces on campus for students, faculty, and staff. Moreover, Patricia was instrumental in founding and serving as an adviser to the Multicultural Student Association. Prior to her time at E&H, she served as Programming Coordinator and Co-Greek adviser at New York Institute of Technology, where she co-founded Common Ground Series, advised various student groups including: the Student Programming Association, Student Government Association, and Greek Council. Furthermore, she also served as Site Coordinator and Servant Leader with Community Coalition’s CDF Freedom School Site at the University of Southern California and as a College Adviser & GEAR UP Mentor with Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania College Advising Corps. She holds a M.A. in Higher & Postsecondary education and Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Government and Philosophy from Franklin & Marshall College. Currently, Patricia is pursuing a doctorate of education with Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California in Organizational Change & Leadership.
As a first generation graduate, Patricia is passionate in her commitment to using social justice as a platform to increase equity in college campuses, uplifting and empowering students beyond their circumstances, maximizing individual student performance; efforts to increase retention and persistence, and instilling self-worth and sense of belonging among all students.