Assistant Dean for Student Academic Success
Angélica Garcia has a focused research interest in understanding and improving the pathways of higher education for diverse student communities. She has been a teacher, coach, social worker, and an advocate for students in education for over 15 years. As the first in her family to graduate college, her educational and professional passions have always included serving historically under represented populations. Her own pathway to working in higher education has been non-traditional. She began her career as a case worker and community organizer for homeless Latino families battling the K-12 educational system in Chicago and a teacher/coach/administrator for urban high schools in New York City and Los Angeles. It was working with students and their families as they navigated complex, often unjust, educational systems that fueled her passion to work in higher education, with a focus on promoting access to, and support through, college for historically under represented students.
During her time in higher education, she has assumed leadership positions and responsibility for departments and programs in academic advising, tutorial services, early alert programs, diversity and inclusion, and evidence-based programs aimed at supporting student retention and graduation. Angélica has taught courses in undergraduate education in leadership, ethnic studies, and seminar core programs. She also teaches graduate students in education and social work at the graduate and doctoral levels. Angélica’s research and publications are focused on student persistence and resistance strategies in higher education, especially within historically under represented student communities. Although most of her work has been in Academic Affairs, she has held positions in Student Life as a Resident Director, in First Year Experience and Orientation programs, and as a member of Crisis Response Teams. She believes in developing strong, collaborative, and intentional relationships between our Academic and Student Life divisions.
Since joining Lewis & Clark College in fall 2012, Angélica has enjoyed working with colleagues across campus to review our data and develop student persistence and retention strategies, initiatives, and policies to better serve LC students. A California transplant, she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the greater Portland area, and is slowly getting used to the Pacific Northwest weather. She and her family have enjoyed becoming strong Portland Thorns supporters, by going to games and watching them become the first National Women’s Soccer League Champions.
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, San Francisco State University (2010); MSW in Social Work Administration, San Diego State University (2006); BA Saint Mary’s College of California (1998).