Dr. Tracy Pascua Dea is the Senior Student Services Director in the School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. From 2013 to 2019 she served as the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success and former Co-Director of the High Potential First Generation to College Program at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her tenure included the creation of systems and processes that positively impacted service delivery to students, and upgrading antiquated practices to better serve students and support faculty and staff. Dr. Pascua Dea co-authored 3 federal grants totaling over $6.9M that provided frameworks for mentoring and supports for historically marginalized and first generation students and that led to Saint Mary’s becoming an Hispanic Serving Institution.
Tracy has 15+ years progressive experience in corporate and higher education settings specializing in student success, diversity and social justice, career management, and leadership training and development. Tracy has worked with diverse individuals and groups and with internationally recognized programs. She has developed on-ground and on-line, domestic and international graduate and undergraduate programs and collaborated with Fortune 500 and non-profit organizations. Throughout her career, Tracy has been active in service to the community and has held leadership roles in professional organizations. Dr. Pascua Dea is a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach who has an array of clients she supports through personal and professional coaching.
Dr. Pascua Dea’s family immigrated to the United States from the Philippines. She is the first in her family to attend college in the United States. Tracy earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and B.A. in Psychology from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is co-author of NextGenFirstGen.com