Vivian Garay Santiago

Vivian Garay Santiago
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Success

Vivian has worked in higher education for over 20 years in various roles including student advising and support, residence education, behavioral intervention, and case management. Originally from Los Angeles, she received her doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Vermont, her Masters degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, and her Bachelors in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. She is most passionate about working with students who are struggling and working through personal and life challenges. She strives to support students with empathy, authentic connection, and humor when appropriate. Outside of work, Vivian has her hands full with family, kids, and an adorable and exuberant labradoodle named Whiskey.