As the Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, Kathy oversees the student diversity programs and services. Additionally, she serves on the faculty and as an advisor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program. Originally from Raton, a small town in northeastern New Mexico, Kathy is a first generation college student and attended Eastern New Mexico University for her undergraduate degree in communications. Through her involvement in student activities on campus and having had the good fortune to work with some wonderful advisors and mentors, she realized that she could earn an advanced degree that would afford her the opportunity to work with college students on a fulltime basis. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Counseling-Student Personnel from Northern Arizona University and her doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership-Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.