Dr. Jake Diaz
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.
Dr. Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan
Dr. Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan is the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (VPSL) at Lewis and Clark College. As the senior student affairs officer for the campus, her responsibilities include enhancing and transforming the student experience at the College, ensuring that the student voice and student needs are considered in decision making, and overseeing the departments of Campus Living, Case Management, College Outdoors, Counseling Service, Health Promotion and Wellness, Health Services, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, International Students and Scholars, Leadership and Service, New Student Orientation, Physical education and Athletics, Spiritual Life, Student Activities, Student Rights and responsibilities, and Student Support Services.
Before joining Lewis and Clark College, she was at the University of California (UC) and held the role as UC’s systemwide Vice President for Student Affairs, where she provided strategic leadership in support of the 10 UC campuses in the development and implementation of systemwide policy and practice in the areas of undergraduate admissions, student financial support and student life and ensured a world-class student experience that was transformative, and rested on the pillars of access, affordability and student engagement.
Prior to serving at the University of California, she served as Vice President for Student Life at the University of Oregon (UO), serving 9 of her 25-year Oregon career as the Senior Student Affairs Officer for the campus. At UO, she led efforts in support of students’ academic success including the construction of new residence halls, a new student union, recreation center and health/counseling center additions. She also provided leadership and policy development in the areas of sexual assault/sexual violence prevention, campus climate, co-curricular learning opportunities, suicide prevention, wellness initiatives and cultural competency.
Dr. Holmes-Sullivan is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintained a clinical practice for 23 years. She consults on issues of diversity, multicultural organizational development for higher education institutions and private corporations as well as leadership development and mental health and wellness issues. She has taught classes and workshops on multiculturalism, multicultural competence in therapy, cross-cultural dynamics in conflict mediation as well as identity formation and development.
Dr. Holmes-Sullivan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Fullerton.
Dr. Patty Perillo
Dr. Patricia (Patty) A. Perillo hails from Wilmington, DE. As one eight children, with 80+ first cousins as her father was the youngest of 15 and mother was the oldest of three, she still lovingly claims this home community. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and learned, early on in her college career, that education has the power to transform individual lives and that of communities. She knew that she wanted to work in higher education as a vehicle to make the world – one person and community at a time –more humane and just.
Patty has worked at seven institutions of higher learning before returning to her doctoral alma mater to serve as the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) at the University of Maryland (UMD). Immediately before her arrival to the UMD, she served as the VPSA and assistant professor of higher education at Virginia Tech for seven years. She also worked at Davidson College, the State University of New York (Plattsburgh and Albany campuses), UMBC and previously at UMD, and the University of Delaware. She has worked in every functional area of student affairs, always focused on building collaborative, learning partnerships with student affairs and academic affairs and creating the conditions for students to thrive. She began her work as the VPSA at UMD this year and the institution’s lived values of community, service, well-being, inclusion and learning resonate with her deepest values so she feels like she has truly come home.
As a renowned scholar-practitioner for over 30 years, Patty provides leadership and oversight for more than 14 departments and administrative units in the Division of Student Affairs at UMD. With a team of over 3,000 students, faculty and staff, a budget of over $240 million, and responsibility for nearly 50 percent of the campus physical capital, she is committed to ensuring transformative learning experiences for students. She is an international leader in higher education having served as past president of ACPA – College Student Educators International located at the National Center for Higher Education.
She obtained her doctoral degree in Public and Community Health, with an interdisciplinary academic partnership with the Student Affairs program in the College of Education, from the University of Maryland. Her master’s degree is in College Counseling and Student Affairs and bachelor’s degree in Psychology are from the University of Delaware. She has received many honors and awards including ACPA’s Esther Lloyd Jones Professional Service Award, ACPA’s Diamond Honoree Award, and inductions into Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa to name a few.
In her free time, Dr. Perillo enjoys spending time with her wonderful spouse and extended family and close community of friends, and engaging in the arts, athletic events, outdoor activities, exercise, prayer, reflection, music, reading, and entertaining.
Kent Porterfield, Ed.D.
Dr. Kent Porterfield was raised on a farm in the northwest corner of Missouri. Since his childhood, he aspired to work in the field of education. Kent believes deeply in the transformative power of higher education, and his career in student affairs now spans 29 years. He has worked in public and private universities with teaching, research and service missions.
Kent is in his thirteenth year as Vice President for Student Development at Saint Louis University, a Jesuit research university in St. Louis, Missouri. In his role as senior student affairs officer, he oversees programs and services outside the classroom that enhance student engagement, learning and success. Kent is responsible for the following areas: Athletics, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Career Services, Center for Service and Community Engagement, University Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Dining & Other Auxiliary Services, Housing and Residence Life, Busch Student Center, Student Responsibility and Community Standards, Student Involvement Center, Student Health Services, and the Student Success Center (academic support and disability services). Before coming to Saint Louis University, Kent served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Northwest Missouri State University from 1997-2006. Prior to this, he served in Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant Dean of Students, and Student Union Director roles from 1990-1997.
From 2013-2016, Porterfield served as the American College Personnel Association – College Student Educators International (ACPA) Vice President, President, and Past President. He also previously served two terms as the Missouri College Personnel Association President and was Program Co-Chair for the 2011 ACPA Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Kent’s leadership and service to the student affairs profession has been recognized on numerous occasions, with the Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional, Diamond Honoree, and Outstanding State Division President Awards from ACPA; the Commitment to Quality and Tower Service awards from Northwest Missouri State University; and the President’s and Richard Caple Awards for Outstanding Service and Contributions to the Student Affairs Profession from the Missouri College Personnel Association. Kent is also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators, National Association of College Auxiliary Services, and Association of American Colleges & Universities.
Kent is a strong collaborator and innovator, having partnered with academic affairs and other university stakeholders to develop learning communities, service learning and community engagement programs, global citizenship initiatives, social justice experience, retention strategies, and academic support services for students. He co-chaired the process to develop Saint Louis University’s strategic plan, and has co-led initiatives to develop new budget allocation models for the University. Kent has also recently co-chaired an institutional task force on speech, expression and civil discourse appointed by the President. The task force reviewed current policy and practice, benchmarked other institutions, led campus conversations and invited input from the University community, and developed a new Statement of Philosophy and Policy on Speech, Expression and Civil Discourse. Kent is known as a strong, student-centered leader and practitioner-scholar in the field of student affairs. His commitment to students and inclusion are demonstrated through his daily interactions.
Kent earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Northwest Missouri State University. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, Nicole, and their two daughters, Claire and Grace.
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington is the President & Founder of the Washington Consulting Group (WCG). In October of 2015, WCG was named by the Economist as one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world. He is the President and Co-Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute and the President of ACPA, American College Educators International. Dr. Washington has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 34 years.
Jamie is invested in working with colleges and universities to build capacity for greater inclusion in support of student learning and development. He works with campus leaders, staff, faculty and students to create a culture that values, respects and includes all of its members, while helping campuses to address the historical and residual impacts of exclusion. Leadership, Change Management and Social Justice Issues are at the core of his work.
He has received many awards and honors. Most recently he was honored with the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Legends of Excellence Award for his contribution to the lives and education of Black and LatinX faculty, staff and students. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Delta Kappa and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc.
Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree from Slippery Rock State College; a double Masters' of Science degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington; a Ph.D. in College Student Development, from the University of Maryland College Park; and a Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity.
He servesas the Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore and is the grandfather of 7 and great uncle to 7.
He lives by the words of one of his favorite songs;
If I can help somebody, as I pass along: If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song:
If I can show somebody, that he, she, zi or they, are traveling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain