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Gisela Vega

Speaking in Making DEIB a Vital Part of Your Organizational DNA

Dr. Vega has worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Institute for Shipboard Education with Semester at Sea, Northeastern University in Boston, and most recently Florida International University. She has experiences in housing and residential life, multicultural affairs, academic affairs, teaching, advisement, and recruitment.  She served as the inaugural full-time professional staff member at Florida International University in 2012 developing the the LGBTQA Initiatives program.  This was the first program of its kind ever established in a south Florida College or University.

Dr. Vega is passionate about learning and teach and has served as a faculty member for the Women’s and Gender Studies center at FIU.  During her time with Women’s and Gender Studies she assisted in the establishment of the Queer Studies certificate program.  Her dissertation focused on, “Latin Lesbian Students: Understanding  their Experiences and Perceived Sexual Identity Development at a Hispanic- Serving Institution”, and her research agenda includes: gender and sexuality issues, global human rights and social justice issues, and sexual minorities in higher education.
She is also an engaged civic leader in her community. She is currently a Board Member for the Aqua Foundation for Women, a Board of Trustee member for The Point Foundation, and a member of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.  She also serves on the board of her beloved church, Coral Gable Congregational UCC. Dr. Vega is originally from Chicago and currently lives in Miami with her family.

Dr. Gisela P. Vega holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Florida International University, M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, a B.F.A. in Art Education, and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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