First generation students are in abundance on many campuses, and it is important to use your college experience to help shape and develop the person you want to be. In this week’s episode, Dr. Willie Banks, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) joins us to share his journey through college as a first generation student. Find out how he overcame imposter syndrome and now helps students develop servant leadership skills that will empower them to pay it forward and help others explore their capacity to lead as well.
Dr. Banks completed both his Ph.D. in Student Affairs Administration and his M.Ed. in Student Personnel in Higher Education at the University of Georgia, and he received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Theatre Arts and Public Relations at Mercer University. With over twenty-eight years of varied experience in programming, student leadership development, advising, program and arts management, special events management, facilities management, employee development, employee supervision, and budget management within a complex and multi-functional higher education setting, Dr. Banks is charged with providing oversight and direction to the Division of Student Affairs at UCI. The division employs over 880 full time staff and 2,000 student employees and is dedicated to transforming the lives of the more than 38,000 students attending UCI.
To learn more about Dr. Banks and his work, connect with him on LinkedIn or visit StudentAffairs.UCI.edu.