Patricia Gonzalez

Director of Inclusion & Diversity Division of Student Success and Inclsusion

One of eleven children, I was born in South Los Angeles, CA and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico up to the age of eight. In my native hometown (California) I attended John C. Fremont High School where I became an active member of my community by participating in clubs and organizations, including youth community organizing groups. My interest in education initiated when I realized that my high school along with other public schools in South LA needed to become better and safer environments for students to study and live in. That’s how I became involved with Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization where I became a part of South Central Youth Empowerment through Action (S.C.Y.E.A). S.C.Y.E.A gave me the platform to connect with other students that wanted to find solutions to help improve the public education school system in South LA. One campaign that impacted my life, was helping implement the A-G Campaign, that would allow for more public school student to go to four-year colleges.

Due to my leadership and academic efforts, I was awarded different scholarships, including Gates Millennium Scholarship, William Gray Scholarship, Hacer Scholarship, Bessie Morris Foundation Scholarship, and the One Voice Scholarship; which allowed for me to further pursue my education at  Franklin and Marshall College (F&M). There I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Government and Philosophy. Additionally, at F&M I sharpened my leadership skills by becoming an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority, President of the Gray Scholars Board, Women’s Rugby Team, Manager at the Steinman College Center, ESL tutor for community members, and also served as mentor for C.R.E.W.S recognized as a student-led support group for California students. My passion for education furthered developed when I served as a Servant Leader Intern (Teacher) to middle school students in South LA with Children Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools in 2012. Moreover, I also had the opportunity to serve/coach youth in Khayelitsha, South Africa the summer of 2013, and served as an ESL teacher to high school students in Madrid, Spain (Fall of 2013). As a first generation student, my main goal was to mentor and motivate more students to pursue a post-secondary.

Post-graduation from F&M, I continued to pursue my passion for Higher Education by serving as College Adviser with Pennsylvania College Advising Corps, and as GEAR UP Mentor (federal grant) at JP McCaskey High School in the School District of Lancaster, PA. After serving there for two years, due to my commitment  to the School District and the families that I was working with, now 80% of Cyber-school families believe that college is a an option and a possibility for them. This opportunity led me to returned back to my hometown in South LA; to serve for another year as CDF Freedom Schools Project Site Coordinator at the University of Southern California. My mission continued to empower our scholars to be more than their current circumstances, by educating them and their families about the possibilities that college has for them.

Afterwards,, I moved to New York City, and obtained my Master of Arts in  Postsecondary Education and Higher Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University. While in New York, I also worked as Programming Coordinator, at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT’s), in the Office of Student Development and Leadership Involvement. At NYIT I managed and developed programming centered on creating inclusive and safer spaces for all students. In addition, I have also been successful in connecting student groups to resources on and off campus that best support their goals. Thus it is through programming that I plan to help E&H students find a voice and also helped them gain a sense of belonging in our community.


Teachers College, Columbia University ’17

Master of Arts in Postsecondary and Higher Education Administration  

Franklin and Marshall College ’14

Bachelor’s of Arts in Government & Philosophy

I can help with:

Student Led Initiatives, Title VI, Student Leadership Development, Programming, Inclusion, Dialogue, Mentorship, Guidance, Internships, Support, and more.  

  • Patricia Gonzalez
    Patricia Gonzalez

“In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been.” -Ella Baker

Contact Info

30522 Garnand Drive Meadowview, VA 24361
(276) 944-6948


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