Women’s History Month Staff Spotlight: Samantha Lopez

Posted by Carleigh Blaylock
March is Women’s History Month! All March, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will be spotlighting some of the incredible women who make Emory & Henry College the outstanding institution that it is.

Today we are highlighting Samantha Lopez!
Samantha Lopez is the Director of Housing & Residence Life. A native Virginian from Orange, Sam received her BS in Psychological Sciences from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA and received her MA in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Sam’s master’s thesis was on the Implementation Process of Gender Inclusive Housing at Universities.

When Director Lopez is not working, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her son, and netflixing. When asked about one of her most empowering experiences, she said “As an individual who was career driven prior to having a child, I realized that I am able to do it all and still be happy. I have loved excelling in my career through my advancement to being a Director of Housing and Residence Life within three years of graduating with my maters. I have loved learning strategies to love and care for my kid and being respected in the workplace.” She suggested that we learn more about Priya Parker, the Author of Art of Gathering as she is a woman who inspires her.

If she could give one piece of advice to women who are interested in working in her field, she says “When you feel ready to take the next step, do not hesitate. Student Affairs is a competitive field with not many opportunities to move up and many positions are filled with men. We need more representative of women so they feel empowered to make decisions that are supportive of our identities!

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