Lindsay Romasanta, Ed.D.

Chief of Staff for the Division of Student Affairs, University of California, Davis

Bio: Lindsay Romasanta

Lindsay Romasanta, Ed.D. (she/her/siya) joined UC Davis in 2022 to serve as chief of staff for the division of student affairs, having worked in a variety of public service settings ranging from grass roots community non-profits to public four-year institutions. Dr. Romasanta founded and led a program that was recognized with the 2020 NASPA Excellence Award in First-gen Student Success. In 2018, Dr. Romasanta was recognized by UC San Diego with an Exemplary Service of the Year award. In 2019 and 2020, she was recognized as a Social Mobility Student Success Innovator by College Net, Inc.

Dr. Romasanta is a proud Pilipina, low-income, first-generation college graduate. Like many first-generation college students, she stumbled upon her professional passion of choice — higher education — by chance. Since that discovery, she has dedicated her professional and scholarly work helping college students achieve their dreams of higher education. Dr. Romasanta’ s research interests are first-generation college students, resilience, retention and holistic success of historically excluded students, strategies to support first-generation and BIPOC scholar practitioners, and anti-deficit approaches in higher education.

Dr. Romasanta has presented her work at American Education Research Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, College Board, Association for the Study of Higher Education, and at various universities and nonprofit organizations. She has coauthored several pieces of higher education research in book chapters and is currently working on another published piece. She also served as one of the inaugural co-editors of NASPA’s Journal of First-generation Student Success.

She graduated summa cum laude and received a bachelor's degree in social work and a certificate in Asian American studies from Arizona State University, her master of public administration degree from Georgia State University, and her doctorate of education in leadership and innovation from Arizona State University.

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Speaker Topics

Cultivating Lasting and Scalable Success Paradigms with and for Students

Student Success: Asset-Based Initiatives that Successfully Enroll, Persist & Graduate This Growing Population

Beyond Engagement: The Conditions, Culture, and Care Paradigm Shifts Integral for Social Mobility and Student Success

Resilience Strategies for First-generation Student Success

Peer to Peer Support: Paying it Forward for Fellow First-gen Students

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