Monica Nixon

Assistant Vice President for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
NASPA

Phone
202-719-1195
Email
mnixon@naspa.org

Dr. Monica Nixon joined NASPA as its inaugural Assistant Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in 2018. Previously she served in student affairs and administrative leadership at Saint Joseph’s University, Seattle University, Colgate University, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Virginia.


Monica received her M.Ed. in Counselor Education in 1999 and B.A. in English in 1995 from the University of Virginia. In 2013 she earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, where her dissertation focused on the positionality and agency of women of color chief diversity officers in higher education institutions. Monica co-authored a chapter in the 2012 NASPA-published book Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education and has served actively with NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, ACPA – College Student Educators International, and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Long version:

Dr. Monica Nixon joined NASPA as its inaugural Assistant Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in 2018. Previously she served as Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer at Saint Joseph’s University; Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Director of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University; Director of the ALANA Cultural Center and Assistant Director in the Center for Leadership and Student Engagement at Colgate University; as Associate Director for Student Services at the University of Puget Sound; and as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs at the University of Virginia.


Monica received her M.Ed. in Counselor Education in 1999 and B.A. in English 1995 from the University of Virginia. In 2013 she earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, where her dissertation focused on the positionality and agency of women of color chief diversity officers in higher education institutions; an article about this research was published in 2016 in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Monica also co-authored a chapter in the 2012 NASPA-published book Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education and has served actively with NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, ACPA – College Student Educators International, and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.