Dr. Vijay Pendakur
Diversity and social justice are not new concepts for higher education. Yet, we find ourselves in an historic moment of heightened activism on these long-standing issues. In this keynote, Dr. Vijay Pendakur will blend personal storytelling, Critical Race Theory, and political analysis to reveal new insights into the struggles our students face on campus, as well as new opportunities for us, as student affairs educators, to shape campus ecosystems for empowerment.
Dr. Vijay Pendakur will begin serving as the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University in January 2017. Prior to this appointment, he worked on campus-wide student success initiatives for underserved populations as an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University – Fullerton. Before joining the team at Fullerton, Dr. Pendakur served as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Student Success at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the editor of the recent book, “Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success,” published by Stylus Publishing. His primary research interests are focused on Asian American racial identity development, Critical Race Theory, and creating ecosystems for student success. He holds a bachelor's degree in history and East Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master's degree in U.S. history from the University of California, San Diego, and a doctorate in education from DePaul University.