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.
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.
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.
Rosemary (Rosie) Perez
Assistant Professor and Division Head of Higher Education
Iowa State University
Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) Perez is an Assistant Professor and Division Head of Higher Education in the School of Education at Iowa State University (ISU). She is also a faculty affiliate with the Education for Social Justice Graduate Certificate and the Women and Gender Studies Program.
Rosie’s teaching, research, and praxis have strongly been shaped by her experiences as second generation, middle class, Filipina American who was raised and educated in predominantly White environments in the east side suburbs of Cleveland, OH. Her work has also been influenced by her prior educational and work experiences. Rosie earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences with an additional major in Psychology at the Carnegie Mellon University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The University of Vermont. She worked in housing and residence life at the University of San Francisco and American University before earning her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.
Collectively, these experiences have informed Rosie’s multidisciplinary approach to studying college student learning and development. Across her program of research, Rosie explores the dynamic interactions between people and their environments, the tensions between structure and agency, and how power, privilege, and oppression affect individuals and groups within higher education. Her work has been published in venues such as the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, and The Review of Higher Education. Rosie contributions to her communities of practice have recognized both locally and nationally. She received the 2016 ISU Multicultural Student Affairs Faculty/Staff Change Agent Award and the 2019 ISU College of Human Sciences Early Achievement in Teaching Award. She was also recognized as the 2014-2016 ACPA CWI Emerging Scholar in Residence and was a member of the 2017-2019 ACPA Emerging Scholars Cohort.
Rosie also takes great pride in being a mother scholar and wife. She loves running, coffee, listening to music, and watching sports.
Angela D. Simmons
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Angela Simmons, a self-described military brat, has lived both in the US and abroad, but calls Mississippi home. As a first-generation college student, Angela feels lucky to work in student affairs because it provides an opportunity to support students as they learn about self and others. Angela was drawn to working in Student Affairs at Virginia Tech because of the Aspirations for Student Learning and the opportunity to work alongside her colleagues as they create co-curricular and extracurricular programs that help students embrace Ut Prosim as a way of life. It is her belief that the true goal of an education is to teach students to think critically, care deeply, and work with others to meet societal needs.
In her role as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Angela works with Cultural and Community Centers, New Student Programs, Student Engagement and Campus Life, VT Engage/Leadership Education, and First Generation Student Support to create unique and vibrant programs and educational opportunities that support student life outside the classroom. From new student orientation to cultural commencement ceremonies, Angela works with dedicated people who are committed to supporting student engagement.
Prior to her current role, Angela served as Director of Student Conduct at Virginia Tech. Before coming to the university, she was Director of the Center for Student Involvement at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and Assistant Dean and Director of Greek Life at Florida State University. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and a master’s degree in counselor education with a concentration in student affairs, both from Mississippi State University. Angela has a doctorate in higher education from Florida State University. In her spare time, Angela can be found reading a book, sitting on a beach, or Googling to support her curiosity habit.
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.