Keynote Speaker - Vanessa Sansone

Headshot of Vanessa SansoneVanessa A. Sansone is an assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Her research agenda aims to advance equity and success for diverse student populations in higher education. Her current scholarly interests focus on college affordability, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), governance structures, and the geography of postsecondary opportunity. Sansone’s empirical work has been presented at several national conferences and has been published in such outlets as the Review of Higher Education, Review of Educational Research, and New Directions for Student Development Services.

She has been recognized by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) as a top Latina graduate scholar for her service and scholarly contributions to the Latinx community. Sansone has also been nationally selected as a faculty fellow with the Rutgers Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

She hails from a historically underserved area of San Antonio and was a first-generation, low-income college student. Her experiences have shaped her commitment to advance social justice for marginalized students in higher education. To progress this agenda, she engages in equity-driven research, teaching, and service.

She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from UTSA, a Master of Education degree in Higher Education and Administration from UTSA, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.

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