Nia Haydel

Dean of University College, Director of the the Thompson/Cook Honors Program and Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy

Dillard University


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Nia Haydel

Dean of University College, Director of the the Thompson/Cook Honors Program and Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy

Dillard University

Dr. Nia Woods Haydel has been a higher educational professional for over 18 years working in Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs and Intercultural Relations. In her current role, she oversees the University’s retention initiatives, as well as academic advising, progression and academic enrichment initiatives and service learning for first-year students, and coordinates initiatives for Honors students. Additionally, she is responsible for assessment initiatives within the first-year experience. Her research interests are in the areas of social justice specifically focusing on power and privilege, and the responsibility of higher education to educate the community on social injustice (higher education as a public good). She earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of New Orleans, M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A & M University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University. She resides in New Orleans, LA with husband and their 3 children.

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