Region I Director-Elect
Director, Center for Diversity & Social Justice Programs
Wentworth Institute of Technology
It is with excitement that I put forth my nomination for the Regional Director position within NASPA Region I. My Student Affairs journey began 13 years ago as a Graduate Student at Springfield College. Since then I have worked at various institutions in New England including Wesleyan University, Dean College, and Babson College in various functional areas ranging from Residence Life to Student Activities and Orientation. I am currently the Director of the Center for Diversity and Social Justice Programs at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts.
I have demonstrated my dedication and commitment to NASPA through the many roles I have held over the years including my involvement with the Regional Advisory Board and as the 2018 Regional Conference Chair. Nationally, I have had the honor to represent our region on a national level through my work with the Gender & Sexuality Knowledge Community and Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community. My work at the regional and national level has provided me with the opportunity to understand NASPA from different perspectives and has given me a network of colleagues that have contributed to my personal and professional growth. I know that I can translate my success in these positions to the Regional Director role.
As an organization, we must continue to find ways to set ourselves apart from other Higher Education organizations. Our organization must change internally to grow externally. We must accept criticism and learn from our mistakes to become a stronger organization. We need to examine what has been done in the past in order to create a better future. My goal as Regional Director would not only be to continue the accomplishments of my predecessors, but also to create a legacy for others to follow. I navigate the world personally and professionally through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens; and my tenure as your Regional Director wouldn’t be different. I am committed to working closely with you, as members, to create systematic change within our organization. I will start with the following:
- I will create stronger pipelines for young BIPOC professionals to advance and grow within our region. It’s critical for us to cultivate and nurture the talent that is within our reach. Representation and visibility are key components in creating more inclusive communities. As the first Conference Chair of Color, I had one of the most diverse conference committees in region history and as the first Regional Director of Color, I will make sure our Regional Board reflects the diverse talent of our members.
- I will form a task force that will critically look at our policies to ensure that we are implementing equitable and inclusive practices throughout our region.
- I will implement new fundraising efforts to create scholarships to increase participation across all of our signature events. Cost is one of the many roadblocks that many, especially graduate students and new professionals, encounter when trying to get involved. Knowledge and opportunities shouldn’t be a privilege; it should be a right.
- I will acknowledge and highlight the outstanding work that is being done by members within our region to increase their visibility on a national level. I know from personal experience what can be gained by getting involved nationally and I want others to experience the same.
I am confident that I can lead NASPA Region I to success. If you choose me as your new Regional Director, I will make sure to do what it takes to ensure that all of you as members feel heard, feel seen, and most importantly, feel included in all aspects of our organization.
Thank you for taking time to read my nomination.