Christie Torruella Smith, SUNY Geneseo director of admissions.

Christie Torruella Smith, who has been SUNY Geneseo’s director of admissions since May, is among 10 SUNY faculty and staff to be named a fellow of SUNY’s 2022 Hispanic Leadership Institute.

The HLI is charged with developing and supporting the next generation of Hispanic/Latinx leaders across the SUNY system.

The six-month experience is specifically designed for SUNY leaders of Hispanic descent, and provides an opportunity to focus on higher education leadership skills and competencies needed in today’s changing academic and administrative environment, according to SUNY.

As a fellow, Smith will use personal assessment tools, participate in training sessions and webinars, and converse with national and statewide Hispanic leaders. HLI works with the SUNY SAIL Institute to provide a program that helps participants gain a better understanding of themselves as leaders in higher education; learn how to lead in current and future higher education contexts; engage in critical conversations in the space of diversity, equity, inclusion, and leadership; and advance their understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and other key issues facing Hispanic or Latinx leaders at SUNY and beyond.

Smith, who has nearly 15 years experience in higher education, has been the director of admissions at Geneseo since May 2021. As director, Smith leads all aspects of undergraduate admissions and works collaboratively with the college’s enrollment management team.

She also serves as an advisor to Geneseo’s Latin Student Association, has completed SafeZone training and Mental Health First Aid certification, and participates in Geneseo Points of Support, helping students navigate unfamiliar institutional processes.

Smith, who arrived at SUNY Geneseo in 2019, previously served as the associate director of admissions. Smith has also served as the assistant director of admissions at Monroe Community College, where she received the American Association for Women in Community Colleges 40 under 40 award.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Rochester.

The 10 fellows announced by SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras represents six SUNY campus, including university centers, four-year institutions and a technology college. The HL! has graduated 41 SUNY leaders since its launch in 2017.

“I could not be more enthusiastic about the Hispanic Leadership Institute’s success and progress since its inception — and this new cohort of HLI fellows will only add to those achievements,” said HLI executive director and University at Albany president Havidán Rodríguez. “I am greatly looking forward to working closely with these rising stars from across SUNY as we support their growth and development as emerging leaders.”

The fellows are:

n Christian Alberto, SUNY College of Optometry, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

n Miguel Baique, Binghamton University, Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science, Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

n Dante Cantú, SUNY New Paltz, Executive Director of Academic Advising and Student Success

n Adriana Conde, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Assistant Vice President, Office of Employee and Labor Relations

n Giza Lopes, University at Albany, Executive Director of the New York State Youth Justice Institute

n Tanhena Pacheco Dunn, SUNY New Paltz, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion; Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator

n Louis A. Reyes, Jr., SUNY Delhi, Director of the Educational Opportunity Program

n Carmen A. Serrano, University at Albany, Associate Professor of Spanish Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies and Director of Spanish Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

n Christie Torruella Smith, SUNY Geneseo, Director of Admissions

Smith’s HLI biography said she is committed to eliminating barriers and creating greater access for low-income, first-generation, underrepresented students and their families. She said she is excited to join the Hispanic Leadership Institution and collaborate with emerging leaders across the SUNY system. She also said it would be honor to represent her heritage in this capacity.

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