With 25 years of experience in higher education, Gonzalez’s expertise is focused on leading successful student affairs operations with a particular commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in all aspects of student life. She previously held positions at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Semester at Sea and at Lewis & Clark College, where she is a founding faculty member and program director for the master’s program in student affairs administration in the Graduate School of Counseling and Education. She has been honored nationally for her leadership with the Pillar of the Profession and the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean from NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, an organization for which she has served on the national board of directors.
As an academic, Gonzalez’s research interests are focused on first-generation students, immigrant students, equity and diversity, higher education policy and governance, student affairs administration, and higher education finance. Her scholarly publications include the book “Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders,” published in 2018.
“A first-generation college student who immigrated to the United States at the age of 10, Gonzalez is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in international business. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees, both in education, from Claremont Graduate University. In her spare time, “Dr. G.” enjoys traveling, getting to know the local food scene, gardening and spending lots of time with her two dogs, Rafa and Yoshi.