Suzanne OnoratoSuzanne Onorato hails from Massachusetts where she completed a BFA and MEd in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She began her professional career in residence life, working at several institutions including Eastern Washington University, the University of Nevada, LasVegas and Florida International University. Suzanne enjoyed having the opportunity to “live and learn” with the students, providing opportunities to develop an understanding of self and others through leadership development as well as personal, academic and professional development experiences and served residential students in a variety of capacities for nine years.
In 2005 Suzanne became the director for the Women’s Center at Florida International University. In this role she developed a programming model which focused on exploration of self, educating the community on gender related issues, and supporting the personal, professional and academic development of women students. Programs in this model included the annual Women Who Lead conference, the Sisterhood Retreat, a Mentoring Program and Take Back the Night.
Suzanne’s passion for working with issues of gender and identity cropped into her academic life as well and in the fall of 2010 she completed an EdD in Higher Education Administration at Florida International University. Her research explored the leadership identity development of a select group of Hispanic women at a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Suzanne joined Agnes Scott College as the Associate Dean of Students in January 2011. Her areas of responsibility include Orientation, Residence Life, and Career Planning. She views this position as the perfect opportunity to continue empowering women, helping them connect to the college, develop the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond as well as to explore themselves, others, and the world.
Suzanne has presented numerous workshops on topics related to leadership, gender, diversity, identity development and social justice. She is a founding member of the Girls Leadership Symposium, a year long program sponsored by the Georgia Diversity Council which educates 8th grade girls in under privileged schools about attending college. She also served in a national leadership position with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators serving as co-chair for the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community from 2011 - 2013.