Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, New York University, New York, New York, USA
Dr. Rafael Rodriguez currently serves as the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at New York University. In his role, he works at both a system and individual level, identifying trends within student communities and aligning programs and services to fulfill the university's mission and goals. Rafael collaboratively leads and amplifies strategic efforts to strengthen the community experience of all students.
Over his career, Rafael has developed an expertise and proven track record in crisis response, organizational development and change management, recruitment, training and retention of diverse staff, and implementing data-informed best practices that bolster the student experience. His breadth and depth of professional experience and volunteer involvement on and off campuses have earned him a reputation for being a competent, caring, and strategic leader. Throughout his career, Rafael’s work has also included providing holistic support to first-generation and marginalized students, fostering student leadership development, mentoring and developing professional staff, and leading cultural and organizational change.