Dr. Gloria Aquino Sosa is the Chief Diversity Officer for Saint Mary’s College of California, and an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Counseling Department. She also serves as Program Director of the College Student Services and Career specializations, and is the faculty co-Director of the High Potential program for the college. She earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Oakland University in Rochester, MI., and is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (MI). Aquino Sosa has over 20 years experience in higher education and in clinical mental health settings as an administrator, instructor, counselor, supervisor, and consultant addressing equity and social justice issues. She has co-authored 6 federal and state grants securing over $5.1M in funding for her institutions; each grant was dedicated to increasing access, retention, performance and graduation for underserved populations. Aquino Sosa presents internationally in the areas of strengths based institutional change to support first generation and low income (New Majority) students, educational equity, and social justice in higher education and in counselor education. Aquino Sosa co-created and then directed a nationally recognized, award winning scholarship and peer mentoring program at Oakland University from 1995-2005 dedicated to recruitment, retention, performance, and graduation of new majority students. She provides consultation and training for universities and businesses on topics including self-efficacy as the foundation for cultural proficiency and humility to shape critical pedagogy; the effects of intergenerational trauma on student success; and on ensuring equity and inclusion are vital part of the equation for any person, business, or academic entity, particularly in the name of adhering to mission and vision. Gloria’s parents emigrated from Cuba in 1952, and Gloria and her siblings were the first to attend college in the United States.
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