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ROSANN SANTOS

Founder, Latinas in Higher Education, Inc.

Higher Education Professional | Master Networker | Life-Long Learner

StrengthsQuest: Woo | Includer | Communication | Ideation | Arranger

Myers Briggs: ESTJ

Photo by Chante Ramsey, VySyn Photography; Makeup by Isabel Rosado.

As long as you are the only woman or the only Latina at the table, the responsibility falls to you to represent all others until they can take their own place at the table. — Juliet V. Garcia (2015 Commencement Address, Smith College)

In order to thrive in the highly competitive industry of higher education as well as successfully complete college, certain skill sets and personality traits are necessary. Both in her full-time career and by founding Latinas in Higher Education, Inc. – a professional networking organization – Rosann has made a commitment to help Latinas develop their executive presence, both as students and as Latina professionals. Rosann uses her experience in higher education and program development to uplift women by creating opportunities that will promote their advancement in the collegiate and corporate environment. The focus is not only on helping them succeed during college, but also in the years beyond. Through these platforms, she has been able to support the professional, social and emotional development of women, drawing on her professional experience in student affairs. Rosann believes in lifting as she climbs by empowering, enlightening and emboldening women in their career pursuits.

Currently serving as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a City University of New York, Rosann has worked in higher education for over 15 years. She began her career in residence life and as an adjunct faculty member at the University at Albany and The College of Saint Rose. She served as the Director of Student Development at The College of New Rochelle for 7 years before transitioning to John Jay. Throughout her career, she has been trained on conflict resolution, crisis management, strategic development, assessment and is a certified StrengthsQuest facilitator.

Rosann received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Mathematics at Syracuse University where she was a founding member of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. She has a Master of Arts degree in history from the University at Albany where she is also pursuing her doctoral degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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