Meet Stephanie Gonzalez

Stephanie Gonzalez
Associate Director of Admission for Diversity Recruitment
Williams College (MA)

How did you become the associate director of admission for diversity recruitment at Williams College?
After several years of working in admission and student affairs at my alma mater, Boston University, I started thinking about next steps in my career. Coincidentally, one of my mentors, Dr. Hardin Coleman, suggested that I consider a position at his undergraduate alma mater – Williams! I love that the Williams alumni network is so strong that it even connected this non-alum with a wonderful opportunity.

What made you decide to get into this field?
As a child, I always wanted to be a teacher and I had every intention of teaching middle school Spanish. During my student teaching experience, I quickly realized that I loved talking with students about their personal growth more than I enjoyed teaching them vocabulary and verb conjugations. Like many folks working in admission, I worked as a tour guide throughout college and loved connecting with the admission officers. This allowed me to stay within the education landscape, but work with students on a different level, and overall, it’s been the perfect fit.

What is your favorite part of the job?
While I think the luckiest part of my job is the opportunity to travel the country and the globe, I’d have to say my favorite part of the job is seeing students transition from high school to college graduation. I love seeing students grow and develop over the course of their four years. Supporting students from the college search through career search is one of the most rewarding aspects of working in higher education.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC has given me the opportunity to connect with colleagues on all sides of the desk and from all across the world. I walk away from every NACAC conference feeling inspired by the work folks are doing to make college accessible to all students.  

How did you get involved with NACAC’s Guiding the Way to Inclusion conference?
I attended the GWI conference in 2017 and instantly fell in love with the mission of the conference. GWI gives folks an opportunity to dive deep into access work and spend time thinking critically about how to enhance the work of their offices in the year ahead. It was a really unique conference experience and after a few days of connecting with phenomenal colleagues in college access, I knew I wanted to help facilitate the program in the year ahead. A big thank you goes out to Ashley Pallie for encouraging me to apply as a faculty member for GWI 2018. I’m looking forward to a great conference in DC this summer!

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I really like staying busy so you’ll most often find me skiing, spinning, practicing yoga, and lately, learning golf. On not-so-active days, I’m usually on my deck reading a book and enjoying my view of the Berkshires.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I’ve always wanted to have the power to move things with my mind like Matilda (who doesn’t want to make Cheerios dance in their living room?). Plus, it’d be a nice bonus to be a fictional character featured in a book, movie, and Broadway musical!

Describe yourself in five words.
Tea-addicted educator traveling for access.

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