Liza A. Talusan is the Director of Intercultural Affairs and has diverse experience in both teaching and educational administration. Ms. Talusan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child Development from Connecticut College, her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from New York University, and her Human Resources Certificate from Stonehill College. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration program.
In addition to her experience in residence life, student activities, multicultural advising, and student affairs, Liza has taught at the K-12 level, coordinated teaching and learning programs, and ran outreach programs for students in academic need. Liza has gained unique insight into the Stonehill community having served as the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Enrollment, focusing on Multicultural Recruiting (2004-2005) and as the Associate Director of Career Services (2005-2007). Ms. Talusan volunteers in the non-profit sector through her work as the former Co-Chair for the Board of Directors for ASPIRE (Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence), as an active family speaker for Camp Sunshine, as the founder of Retinoblastoma New England (RbNE), and as a Peer Leader in the Asian Breast Cancer Project. She is the current chair of the Connecticut College Alumni of Color committee of the Alumni Board which seeks to build partnerships with professionals from diverse background with undergraduate students. Ms. Talusan also served as the Educational Partner/Co-Director for Coaching For Change, a non-profit organization that seeks to reduce the high school drop out rate and increase youth employment and educational persistence in urban communities.
Ms. Talusan's work is rooted in learning outcomes, educational theory, identity development and needs assessment in order to create and support a culture of inclusiveness at Stonehill. She is a wife, mother of three, and an active writer and blogger on topics ranging from parenting to inclusion to cancer. And, when not parenting, working, studying, writing, facilitating workshops, and training for half-marathons, Ms. Talusan can be found singing, songwriting and playing the acoustic guitar!
- B.A., Psychology and Child Development, Connecticut College
- M.A., Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs, New York University