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Office Hours Replay: Spilling the Commencement Tea

Office Hours Replay: Spilling the Commencement Tea

With Guest: Patrick Romero-Aldaz, Regis University

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Show Description: Dr De Veau and guest Patrick Romero Aldaz will be spilling the tea about graduation day and what it takes to make it all look “just right”. We are looking forward to sharing tear jerk moments, the screaming matches, the Diva speakers and the over the top moments that are hard to believe. All in the name of keeping up appearances and tradition. Watch the interview here

Guest Bio: Patrick I. Romero-Aldaz, MA.Ed., Associate Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Regis University
Patrick currently serves as the AVP/Dean of Students at Regis University, in Denver, CO where he has been since June of 2018. Prior to his current role, Patrick was the Dean of Student Engagement & Leadership at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. He holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Virginia Tech University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. A dedicated higher education professional, Patrick has committed his career to advancing student access, engagement, leadership, and tradition. Central to his work is a strong ethic of care and commitment for equity, diversity, and inclusion. As a first-generation college student, he recognizes the gift that is higher education and works to ensure that the students he works with can benefit from it to advance their goal and dream. A native of Colorado, Patrick lives in Denver with his partner Sam and enjoys spending free time traveling, and enjoying the culinary arts.

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Upcoming Office Hours with Dr. De Veau on Fireside!

Wednesday, May 25 at 12:00 noon “May Think Tank: Load Up the Bus” The Academic Year has come to a close, and the Office Hours Think Thank will return for a final episode before they head out on break … but don’t worry, we have a full month of Office Hours yet to broadcast! So, join us for reflections on the year that was and some hopes and wishes for the summer projects. 

In the works: 

  • A discussion on the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade on campuses in Trigger states. 

  • A Focus on the Butler University Student Well-being and Institutional Support Survey

  • Outcomes of the Special Committee on Governance, Academic Freedom and Institutional Racism in the UNC 

  • Interview with President Driscoll of Indiana University of PA to discuss his recent speech on the changing future of the University

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