Directorate Board Friday: Angela Wu

Angela Wu, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

Current Title and Institution: Assistant Director of the Davis Center at Williams College

What do you do as the Assistant Director of the Davis Center?

Student development around issues of identity as well as leadership, lots of programming and trainings, as well as building up cultural competencies of other offices on this campus

What do you love about working at your current institution?

I love watching students grow in their stages of development. Even in one year, I can see how far they’ve come, and knowing I have been a part of that is incredibly fulfilling.

How did you get involved in the New England College Personnel Association (NECPA)?

*points fingers at Ben Lamb (current NECPA President)*

When you aren’t working or focusing on your NECPA role, how do you spend your free time?

I’m a huge soccer fan and follow Arsenal in the English Premier League. I also read a lot of fanfiction…

Who inspired you to get involved in Higher Education?

My mentor in my undergraduate years, Tanya Williams, who was the Coordinator for Multicultural Affairs at the time. I remember a conversation with her where she said that I did so much in terms of student leadership and student activism, and that I could be paid to do what I was doing. I remember thinking… what… get paid? What an incredible and unlikely notion. I look back on that conversation and laugh now.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your career (so far)?

It’s important to meet people where they’re at, but there’s also always room for people to grow.

What is on your Higher Ed bucket list?

One day far in the future, I’d like to be Chief Diversity Officer.

Why should professionals in New England get involved in NECPA?

Because it’s a group of really great people who are all about helping professionals reach their goals.

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