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Dr. Edith Fernández

Dr. Edith Fernández

Associate Vice President,
Community Engagement & Diversity Initiatives

Nevada State College

Dr. Edith Fernández is a proven administrative professional skilled in building relationships with community leaders, elected and government officials. She has substantial experience in the field of higher education with expertise in institutional research, student success initiatives, and strategic collaborations as well as significant marketing and organizational leadership skills. She has built a reputation as a tireless advocate for postsecondary education. As District Director for Congressman Steven Horsford, she monitored federal legislation and integrated the Congressman's legislative plan with district activities. She has been sought out to conceptualize, build, and open new offices across a variety of public industries. She recently joined Nevada State College as an Associate Vice President.

Her career in higher education spans 25 years working with community college and university students with experiences in financial aid, admissions, academic advising, service learning, study abroad, residence life and student life. She sailed across the world to nine countries with 600 undergraduates on a ship. She has also worked at the University of Michigan and a premiere HSI in Texas overseeing an array of student life programs to include a study abroad and a women’s resource center, student organizations, campus activities board, Greek life, diversity and leadership initiatives.

Dr. Fernández is a quantitative and qualitative researcher. She has been a PI for research projects focused on intercultural competence, intercultural learning skills, and civic engagement on a global scale. Her current research focuses on humanizing diversity work, student achievement and HSIs. Edith is a proud alumna of the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her Ph. D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, an Ed. M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a MPA from UNLV.

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