Dr. Angela E. Batista joined Oregon State University as the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life in June 2015 and was named as Interim Chief Diversity Officer on February 1, 2016. Prior to joining Oregon State, she served as Dean of Students at the University of Southern Indiana. She has worked in various colleges and universities across the United States, including the University of Vermont, Lynn University, Champlain College and Mills College. Her experience as an educator includes working as a teacher, counselor administrator in Student Affairs, and a Chief Diversity Officer. Angela has also worked as a high school teacher, counselor and administrator, serving as Foreign Language Department Chair and an English Language Learners’ Program in South Florida.
Angela was born in the Dominican Republic and is a first-generation immigrant and college student. She has completed numerous consultations and presentations, both nationally and internationally and has received several honors including being chosen as Teacher of the Year and being recognized for her work in Student Affairs, Diversity, Equity and Social Justice. In 1999, the University of Vermont created the Angela Batista Social Justice Award, given to an undergraduate student every year. In 2015, Angela was selected by students at the University of Southern Indiana to receive the Spirit of the Eagle Award in Senior Administration.
She is also actively engaged in professional national organizations and has served as an executive officer in the Executive Committee of the Latino Caucus for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) and in various national leadership roles leader in Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education also known as NASPA. She served as Vice Chair (2012-2014) and the national Chair (2014-2016) for the NASPA Latino/a Knowledge Community, a member of NASPA’s Equity and Inclusion Commission and a member of the NASPA 2016 Conference Leadership and Planning Team. More recently, she is assisting with the development and implementation of NASPA’s Latin-American and Caribbean (NASPA-LAC) initiative and serving as faculty member for the 2016 NASPA Escaleras Institute.
Angela earned her Ed.D. in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree from the University of Vermont. Her undergraduate work was completed at Brooklyn College in New York City.