Theresa Rodriguez

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Registrar, Carleton College

AACRAO Elections Position Statement (2024-2025 Nominations & Elections Committee)

Running for the AACRAO Nominations & Elections Committee position offers an exciting opportunity for me to contribute to the field of higher education and make a meaningful impact on the profession. With over a decade of experience in the Registrar's Office, I have developed a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in higher education administration. My professional goals align perfectly with the goals of AACRAO, as I am dedicated to enhancing student success, leveraging technology, and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.

One of my primary goals if elected to the AACRAO Nominations & Elections Committee is to promote diversity and inclusion within the organization. As a Latinx, first-generation student, and the daughter of an undocumented parent, I bring a unique perspective to the table. I have a passion for helping all constituents successfully navigate the college system and have consistently advocated for policies and procedures that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion. By serving on the committee, I will work towards ensuring that AACRAO embraces and promotes these values in all its activities and initiatives.

Furthermore, I aim to strengthen AACRAO's collaboration with other stakeholders in higher education. Through my experience collaborating with Financial Aid, Advising, Bursar, and TRiO Programs, I have witnessed the power of effective partnerships in improving student success and retention. As a member of the Nominations & Elections Committee, I will actively seek opportunities to foster relationships with diverse stakeholders across the field. By building strong alliances and facilitating open dialogue, we can work together to address shared challenges and advance the profession as a whole.

In conclusion, I am running for the AACRAO Nominations & Elections Committee position because I am passionate about higher education and committed to making a difference in the field. My goals include promoting diversity and inclusion, leveraging technology for improvement, and fostering collaboration among stakeholders. I believe that my experience, skills, and dedication make me well-suited for this role, and I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to AACRAO's mission and the success of its members.