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Fourteen years ago I graduated college unsure of my next steps.  I started college with a goal of entering the fashion industry. After years of retail and a store management internship, I realized it wasn't enough.  It was then, then that I embarked on a career in higher education and education policy.

Over the course of my career, I have served as a Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, an Academic Advisor, and most recently Assistant Dean-- focused on equitable student outcomes.   My research as a Master's student was used each year to apply for federal funding in high needs areas and ultimately used to attain Race to the the Top funding for the State of Delaware.    I have presented at national and regional conferences on topics related to academic advising and diversity in higher education. In Fall 2014, I began studying for a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. I was recently honored as a Graduate Student of Distinction.

I am a "retired" natural hair blogger. I began my blogging career in 2009, where I began chronicling my quarter life experience.  This led to me co-founding Delaware Naturalistas, a natural hair event company.  I also began writing for major online publications including, blackhairmedia.com and naturalhairrules.com.  I am now focusing on topics related to college access and education equity a.k.a. my reason.

E-mail: latoyawatsonedu (at)gmail (dot)com


Education

Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, University of Delaware (Expected May 2019)

Master of Public Administration, Concentrations: State & Local Management and Education Policy, University of Delaware, May 2008

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Majors: Marketing and Management, University of Delaware, May 2004


experience

Assistant Dean, Associate in Arts Program, University of Delaware, September 2015 - Present

Academic Advisor II, Associate in Arts Program, University of Delaware, September 2013 - September 2015

Undergraduate Services Coordinator/Academic Advisor II, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Delaware, May 2008 - August 2013

Graduate Assistant, Delaware Academy for School Leadership, University of Delaware, August 2007 - May 2008

Graduate Research Intern, Red Clay Consolidated School District, June 2007 - August 2007

Graduate Assistant, Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware, August 2006 - May 2007

Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, Goucher College, September 2004 - August 2006


Teaching

UNIV 116: Strategies for Academic Success (First Year Experience)

UNIV 104: Sophomore Seminar

ARSC 167: Transition Seminar



More about me

HOBBIES: Reading, writing, dance (Faculty Advisor for Dark Arts Performing Dance Co.), and working out

FAVORITE LITERARY BOOKS: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

FAVORITE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

FAVORITE PODCASTS: Behind the Brilliance, My Taught You, Keepin it 1600