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Anna Gonzalez

Adjunct Professor at Lewis & Clark; Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Harvey Mudd College

  • Anna Gonzalez

Unlike many administrators who end up in student affairs by accident, Anna Gonzalez chose to pursue the field while a sophomore at Loyola Marymont. Her focus on social justice in student life stems from the school’s motto, “Men and women for others.” While earning her BA in international business, she served as a student senator, officer of several multicultural organizations, and coordinator for the Special Olympics. One of the main reasons Gonzalez chose to enter this field is because of the transformational power of education and how it positively impacts societal change. As an undergraduate herself, she told Loyola’s dean of students, “I want to do what you do.”

Gonzalez went on to earn a MA in higher education and a PhD in higher education administration from Claremont Graduate University. From 2008 to 2012, she served as associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Illinois. In her 17 years in student affairs, she has led student life functions at the University of California at Irvine and directed student and residential life functions for three semester-at-sea programs for the University of Virginia and University of Pittsburgh.


Personal Statement

Learning is a shared and collective process. This type of participatory learning can occur when students and teachers are reflective about who they are in relation to others, and that it is important to understand social inequities and how higher education and student affairs practitioners can play a role in dismantling systematic oppression in order to create socially just learning environments.   

Areas of Expertise

Policy Development and Implementation; Strategic Planning; Diversity Education; Conflict Mediation and Crisis Intervention; Student Organization Advising; Campus-wide Program Development; Recruitment, Selection, and Supervision; Personal and Career Choice Counseling; Curriculum Development; Student Conduct; Budget and Resource Management; Fundraising and Parent & Alumni Development


  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
    • Fiscal Planning from the Perspective of a Mid-Level Administrator March 2010
    • Views of Women and Leadership in Student Affairs: The Generations Speak March 2009
    • Nourishing Partnerships for the Successful Retention of a Diverse Student Body March 2009
    • “How to be a Campus Change Agent” March 2008
    • “From Margin to Center: Asian American Greek Letter Organizations” March 2006
    • “How Do I Do What You Do?: Careers in Student Affairs” March 2005
    • “Views From the Middle: Middle Managers Perspectives of Student Affairs” November 2003
    • “The State of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education” March 2002
    • “A Cross-Cultural Center Beginning: Nourishing Our Human Spirit” November 1999
    • “Guess Who’s Coming to Campus: Building Campus Community” November 1998
    • “The Majority Minority: Meeting the Needs of API Students” November 1997
  • Association of College Personnel Administrators
    • “APA Graduate Students Redefining Citizenship” April 2000
  • National First Year Experience Conference
    • “Diversity and the First Year Experience” January 2002
  • Southern California Greek Leadership Conference
    • “New Member Orientation: Building a safe community” May 1998
  • CASE District 7 Conference
    • “A Diverse Alumni: Strategies for Outreach” December 1994
    • “Century Leadership Program” March 2001

Academic Credentials

PhD Claremont Graduate University, MA Claremont Graduate University, BA Loyola Marymount University