Rafael Rodriguez

Rafael Rodriguez, NYU Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

On the 100th episode of You Matter! Karen speaks with NYU Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Rafael Rodriguez, the first person to hold the position.

Doctor Rafael Rodriguez is a demonstrated leader who brings over 12 years of experience in student affairs. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master's Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from SUNY Buffalo. Rafael earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. He conducted and published his research examining the intercultural competence development of aspiring Student Affairs practitioners.

Over his career, Doctor Rodriguez has developed an expertise and proven track record in crisis response, organizational development and change management, recruitment, training, and retention of diverse staff, and implementing data-informed best practices that bolster the student experience. His breadth and depth of professional experience and volunteer involvement on and off campuses have earned him a reputation for being a competent, caring, and strategic leader.

Throughout his career, Rafael’s work has also included providing holistic support to first-generation and marginalized students, fostering student leadership development, mentoring and developing professional staff, and leading cultural and organizational change. Currently, Doctor Rodriguez serves as the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at New York University. In his role, Rafael works at both a system and individual level, identifying trends within student communities and aligning programs and services to fulfill the university's mission and goals. Rafael collaborative leads and further amplifies strategic efforts to strengthen the community experience of all students.

As Bronx native, Rafael enjoys everything that is classic New York, especially a good slice of pizza, a morning bagel, and a Yankee game. When he is not working, Rafael enjoys spending quality time with his wife and newborn, large family gatherings, listening to salsa music, refining his BBQ skills, or relaxing on a beach with his wife.