In honor of Women’s History Month, Diverse, a publication exploring issues in higher education, will publish its ninth annual special report recognizing the contributions of women to higher education. One of the educators featured will be Rollins’ own Vice President for Student Affairs Mamta Accapadi. The March report will highlight 35 women who have made a difference by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills, and making a positive difference in their respective communities.
“I feel honored to have received this recognition,” says Accapadi. “My career has focused on how to minimize barriers and maximize opportunities for underrepresented students. It all starts with love. At Rollins, our student affairs team leads together with cultural humility and a philosophy of ‘radical love’ in service of our community. In order to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, we have to start with recognizing the privileged identities we bring to the table and how within our privileged identities we may not honor the wholeness of our students. Ultimately, leading with a radical love means staying present and in relationship with our students. What I am most grateful for are my student affairs colleagues who are willing to honor our students in this way. This recognition is a reflection of their collective leadership.”