Scholar in Residence Program

WACE 2018 is bringing back our Scholar in Residence Program. The scholar in residence is a distinguished scholar to assist in the professional development of the WACUHO membership. These scholars will be encouraged to utilize their research interests to support and develop WACUHO members.

Romando Nash

Romando Nash

Romando Nash serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Services at San Jose State University. He provides administrative oversight for six functional areas: Accessible Education Center (including Center for Accessible Technology), Career Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Veterans Resource Center, Office of the University Ombudsperson, and the Student Health Center (including Wellness and Health Promotions). In addition, he supervises the Student Affairs Senior Student Affairs Case Manager who facilitates the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).   Romando also oversees divisional staff and faculty development, division assessment efforts, the African American College Readiness Summit, and the Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards. Prior to joining SJSU in 2015, Romando served as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Executive Director for Residential Education at the University of Southern California and held Senior Housing Officer and multicultural affairs positions at Loyola University Chicago, Seattle University, and Santa Clara University.

Romando stays active and holds leadership positions in several professional associations and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on Legal Issues in Higher Education. His involvement within WACUHO has been extensive with him having served as either co-chair or chair for the Diversity and Affirmative Action and Northern RAP Committees. In addition, he served on the New Professionals Committee, Host Committee, and served on the Executive Board as Member at Large, North and Vice President. Romando is also very involved in ACUHO-I having served in various capacities including the CHO Training Institute Committee, Global Initiates Network, Multicultural Network Chair, NHTI Faculty, Stars College Committee and Faculty, NHTI Faculty, Annual Conference Program Committee, and the Levels of Engagement Taskforce.

The recipient of various awards and recognition, he was recently awarded the President’s Award from the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators and has been recognized at the WACE annual conference with the John Yarborough – Best of the West Award for his presentation on being an introvert in Student Affairs. In addition, he has been honored as the Outstanding Experienced Professional by the ACPA Commission for Housing and Residential Life.

Romando earned his J.D. with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency Law from Santa Clara University. Other earned degrees include a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Correctional Psychology from Santa Clara University.  He is proud to be a first generation college student and higher education professional.

Jess Pettitt

Jess Pettitt, Conference Speaker

Audiences are inspired to stand up and take action as Jessica Pettitt leads them down the path to understanding they are good enough to make the changes they seek. Challenging long held assumptions about the type of people who drive change and are successful, Jessica eradicates excuses and provides strategies to communicate openly and actively seek success.

Let’s roll up our sleeves, make space for real talk, develop reality based plans, for actual change.

Humor is a great equalizer and is often the quickest way to diffuse conflict and move toward real connection. With a background in stand up comedy, Jessica Pettitt, frames even difficult subjects in an engaging and welcoming way.

As a professional speaker, her expertise earned her the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. A designation held by fewer than 800 people world-wide. As a facilitator, she provides the framework for open, welcoming, and productive conversation. Whether she provides a motivational keynote, an in-depth workshop, facilitates group interaction, or frames an entire conference as emcee, Jessica brings humor, a high level understanding of adult learning, and an ability to engage participants and encourage them to engage with each other. Participants walk away focused and confident in their role to make change now.

By moving the discussion away from daily squabbles or task oriented challenges, to a larger vision of what is possible and how best to engage people of diverse experiences, Jessica provides the context to evaluate the situation now and move forward successfully to what could be.

For more than a decade, Jessica has been educating college and university staff members to support and guide diverse students to success. Her social justice and diversity curricula are used nationwide. This background uniquely qualifies her to educate employers on building welcoming, productive, and innovative teams. The ability to communicate, listen, learn, take responsibility, acquire and retain talent and resources will lead to and maintain a welcoming, and dare we say, fun workplace environment. This has a direct impact on your bottom line NOW.