Stonehill Director of Intercultural Affairs Liza Talusan was the recipient of two Region I awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Talusan, who has led the College’s Intercultural Affairs Department since 2007, received both the Massachusetts and Regional Mid-Level Professional Award at the Association’s annual conference in Newport, RI on November 18th.
The awards recognize individuals with a minimum of five years of experience whose outstanding commitment to the profession includes development of programs that address the needs of students, creation of a campus environment that promotes student learning and development, and support of and active engagement in NASPA.
In presenting the awards to Talusan, Stonehill Vice President of Student Affairs Pauline Dobrowski said, “I have had the privilege of working with Liza over the past ten years, and during this time, I have directly witnessed her commitment to student access and success, social justice, and culturally-based community building, as well as her extensive service to the NASPA community and multiple other professional organizations. “
Prior to being named Director of Intercultural Affairs, she served as the Associate Director of Career Services as well as the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Enrollment, focusing on Multicultural Recruitment.
In her current role, Talusan is responsible for providing leadership and support of the College’s commitment to creating both a rich and vibrant multicultural and intercultural community. In recent years she has introduced a comprehensive bias response protocol that has been widely adopted and utilized at Stonehill and has also served as a model for other institutions.
She has also worked collaboratively across the Stonehill campus to develop and institutionalize a comprehensive approach to an intercultural education and experience through creative and collaborative programming, individualized support, and the facilitation of dialogue through the creation of groups such as GenOne and RACE Dialogues.
Talusan was recently featured as a dialogue facilitator in the well-received documentary "I Am Not Racist … Am I?" by Points Made Productions.
“Liza challenges all members of the Stonehill community to broaden their thinking and to work to create an inclusive environment for all,” said Dobrowski at the awards ceremony. “Dedicated to the profession of Student Affairs, current on research, and innovative in her approach, Liza is not afraid to challenge others and provides great vision and insight into our daily work at Stonehill. She is a fierce and committed educator, committed to student learning and development, and our campus has certainly been transformed by her work. “
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 candidate at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration program. Her dissertation focuses on the role of organizational socialization towards the development of an academic identity for Asian American and Pacific Islander doctoral students.