Dr. Angela Batista
University Administrator in Burlington, Vermont
It is my honor to serve as Vice President of Student Life and Special Advisor to the President for Diversity & Inclusion at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. As a first-generation and immigrant college student, I am committed to enhancing the success of all students, particularly those facing access challenges and whose lives can be most positively transformed by a college education. I am extremely motivated by my own journey as girl born and raised in rural Dominican Republic, afforded to the opportunity to graduate high school and later attend college in New York City. My life was most significantly transformed by access to a public education, allowing me to achieve success that I could not have dreamt up for myself. It is my life's purpose to develop and support a similar transformation for all the students.
Prior to my current position, I served as Interim Chief Diversity Officer, as well as Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life at Oregon State University, Dean of Students at the University of Southern Indiana, Associate Dean of Students for Community Life at Mills College and as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Adjunct Faculty at Champlain College. Additionally, I worked as a career counselor at Lynn University and at the University of Vermont (UVM) where I worked in the ALANA Student Center, the Counseling Center, and the Residential Life Department. My professional experience also includes implementing a successful strategic planning and multicultural education program at a large urban high school, where I chaired the Foreign Language and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department and coordinated mentoring and multicultural programs.
My areas of interest include, academic and student affairs collaborations, access, retention and success, assessment and best practices, campus climate, issues of equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, international and global issues, leadership development, professional development, strategic planning, public policy Latino/a issues in higher education.
Cover Picture: View of the Rio Yaque from my grandfather's home on the northern mountains of the Dominican Republic.