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Vice President for Student Affairs
Mamta Accapadi is a partner and a mother first. She is grateful to be in a head and heart space where her daughter challenges and affirms her sense of purpose every day.
In her professional role, Mamta serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Rollins College. She finds inspiration in working at a liberal arts college where student affairs is central to the facilitation of a liberal education for its students. Prior to Rollins College, Mamta worked at Oregon State University as the Dean of Student Life, and as facilitator of the College Student Services Administration program, where she also served as faculty. In prior roles, Mamta worked in Multicultural Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and has held faculty appointments in Ethnic Studies, Education, and Women’s Studies.
Mamta received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and she served as a postdoctoral fellow in Women’s Studies at the University of Houston. She also holds a M.Ed. in higher education administration and B.A. in microbiology, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mamta is deeply grateful for the opportunities she has been offered to champion social justice education efforts, and commit to mentorship of under-represented communities. She has served as a consultant, written curriculum, and worked with universities and companies on inclusion of different constituency groups. She is thankful to the faculty of the Social Justice Training Institution (SJTI) for inviting her to serve as a guest faculty of the institute. She has worked to advance Asian American/Pacific Islander/Desi American inclusion through the API knowledge community at NASPA, the API Caucus at NCORE, and the Gates Foundation as a long-time reader for the GMS scholarship read. This past year, she also served as faculty of the Dungy Leadership Institute for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, and is the current chair of the NUFP Board. She is the recent recipient of the Zenobia Hikes Memorial Award from the NASPA Center for Women, and the Doris Michiko Ching “Shattering the Glass Ceiling” Award from the NASPA API Knowledge Community.
Jacob L. Diaz
Regional Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Jacob Diaz is a proud first generation graduate for whom Southwestern Community College in southeast San Diego cultivated the possibility of a career in higher education and student affairs. He is someone who is reminded by his daughter that what we do in colleges and universities is next generation work.
Professionally, “Jake” serves as the Regional Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg where he provides strategic leadership for a comprehensive portfolio of programs and services. He has had the privilege of holding senior leadership roles such as Vice President for Student Development and Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students, both at Seattle University. In addition, he has served as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Student Ethics & Standards at the University of Vermont as well as held positions in Residential Life and in Multicultural Affairs.
He has presented workshops at numerous regional and national conferences and published on topics such as multicultural competence in student affairs, serving students of color as well as leading inclusive student conduct processes. In addition, he has also served professional associations within higher education, including service as a faculty member with the ACPA Mid Level Managers Institute, National Chair of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, Faculty Member of the NASPA Mid-Level Professionals Institute and Faculty Member of the NASPA Graduate Student & New Professionals Institute. Dr. Diaz has also served as a consultant and keynote speaker on various campuses throughout the United States.
He received his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and his Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, where he was also a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and was honored as the Doctoral Student of the Year for the work conducted with his dissertation. Dr. Diaz's dissertation is a narrative account of his journey with racism in higher education and he currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida with his partner (a fellow educator) and their daughter.
His Bachelor's degree in English literature was attained at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Assistant Professor
Samuel Merritt University
Dr. Craig Elliott II serves as the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA.
Through the intentional weaving of advocacy, scholarship, and practice, Craig helps shape a vibrant and engaged campus community designed to help each student thrive. One critical example of these efforts is his leadership around inclusion, equity and social justice on both the policy and programmatic levels.
Craig has presented numerous programs at the local and national level on equity, inclusion, social justice, and leadership, and has served in a variety of leadership capacities. Notably, Craig served as President of the California College Personnel Association from 1999-2001, chaired the Inclusion Task Force for ACPA in 2002, served as one of the co-chairs of the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee in 2013, and served on the national convention planning teams (2002 and 2013). He has also served NAPSA, and NCORE from 2012-2014. He is a Social Justice Training Institute alumnus, serves on the faculty with Student SJTI, and is a Co-Lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute.
Craig is also a trainer, consultant, and speaker on diversity, leadership, and social justice with fifteen years of experience. Craig’s research interests explore white caucus work, feminism and masculinity, the intersection of Transformative Learning and Social Justice work, inclusion and equity, and institutional change. Craig is part of the editorial collective for Rad Dad, a zine on feminist and social justice parenting, which has published three anthologies. He has also contributed chapters on feminism, fathering, co-authored an article on the transformative nature of medical missions, and an article on institutional barriers to inclusion and equity.
Craig also serves in his local community in scouting, coaching soccer, and serving on the board of the local food bank. He has been married 19 years to Nicole and is father to Jackson and Thomas. He loves soccer, art, music, time with his family, and really good, strong coffee.
Associate Professor of Higher Education
Loyola University Chicago
In 2009, Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly joined the Higher Education masters and doctoral programs as an Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago and served as Program Director for three years. Before coming to Loyola, Dr. Kelly was Associate Professor in the Student Development Administration Program at Seattle University and an Assistant Professor in The University of Vermont’s Higher Education Student Affairs graduate preparation program.
For over a decade, her teaching has introduced master and doctoral students to theoretical concepts, language, and educational practices that informed their thinking and understanding of students and faculty. Dr. Kelly’s primary teaching responsibilities for the Higher Education programs are Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education, Student Development in Higher Education, and Women in Higher Education.
Dr. Kelly’s scholarship is focused on gender and racial equity of women students and faculty in higher education, and preparing socially just student affairs professionals. She has authored articles in peer-refereed journals of high national reputation and also presented numerous refereed papers at national conferences. She was recognized with the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Kelly was a 2013 Diamond Honoree for ACPA, awarded the NASPA IV-East Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching in 2011, recognized as an Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association in 2005, and received the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award in 2004 from the Office on Women in Higher Education, a division of the American Council on Education.
Director of Global Experiences and Academic Advisor
University of Iowa
Anat Levtov currently serves as the Director of Global Experiences and Academic Advisor in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Anat grew up as a “Third Culture Kid”, living around the world in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Israel, and Italy. She first came to the United States as an international student to attend Dartmouth College, where she studied anthropology and psychology as an undergraduate. Her fascination with cultures and learning led her to a career in higher education, including professional experiences in the U.S. and abroad in residence life, admissions, and international student services. In all of her positions, she has focused on collaborating with faculty and staff across campus to create an environment that supports learning inside and outside the classroom.
Anat has a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, as well as a master’s degree in Higher Education with a focus on Research, Evaluation, and Assessment from the University of Michigan. As a graduate student at Michigan, she was part of the qualitative research team for the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education (WNSLAE), conducting hundreds of student interviews on campuses across the country. She has presented at various regional and national conferences on appreciative supervision, assessment, academic partnerships, and transitions for new professionals. Lately, she has been intrigued by the concept of growth mindset, and she has provided trainings on this concept to peer advisors, tutors, and professionals on her campus.
Anat currently lives in Iowa City with her partner, a faculty member at the University of Iowa’s College of Education, and her two dogs.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Butler County Community College
Case Willoughby has been a change agent in student affairs organizations for over 20 years, believing that investing in people brings growth to the organization and success to its students. Currently serving as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Butler County Community College, his prior positions include Director of Advising at Hunter College, Director of Academic Achievement at Hostos Community College, and Class Dean at Columbia University. Previously he consulted on the creation of Columbia’s student affairs division bringing it into alignment with student affairs research and best practices. The ACPA/NASPA Joint Task Force on Student Affairs Professional Competencies, the ACPA Senior Student Affairs Officer Advisory Board, and the Directorate of the ACPA Commission on Two Year Colleges are his most recent service roles. Additionally, Case has presented widely at national conferences and authored book reviews in leading journals. With an Ed.D. and M.A. in Higher Education from Columbia University, an M.A. in Hispanic Civilization from NYU, and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College, Case’s formal schooling is over, but his education continues.