Susana Rivera-mills

We Are the Changemakers Speaker Bio

I am a Changemaker because I am passionate about clearing the path for those who are to come after me. In the words of Roberto Clemente, “If you have the opportunity to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth.” As a Changemaker, I want to make the most of the time I have on this earth to improve our society and the individual lives who shape it.
— Susana Rivera-Mills

About Susana

Susana Rivera-Mills serves as the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Oregon State University. She previously served as Executive Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Diversity Advancement. Susana holds B.A and M.A degrees in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Iowa and the Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of New Mexico. She arrived at OSU fall of 2007 and, since then, has been involved in developing mentoring and leadership programs for faculty and students, community partnerships, student engagement and success strategies, advancing diversity at OSU and in higher education, internationalization, engaged research, and promoting equity and inclusion.

Dean Rivera-Mills is the founder of the Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement (CL@SE), an engaged research center on the OSU campus, and has established numerous partnerships with community organizations statewide that serve Latino populations. A sociolinguist, her research has focused on Latino communities, issues of identity, Spanish language and culture, and linguistic attitudes. She has published several books and numerous articles on related topics.

The Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies main objective is to promote and improve undergraduate education and success at Oregon State, a critical element of the university’s Strategic Plan 3.0, with a particular emphasis on increasing and equalizing retention and graduation rates across all student populations.  In addition, the Vice Provost and Dean will advance university strategies to improve student success, working in partnership with academic colleges and the divisions of Academic Affairs, International Programs and Student Affairs.  This position will also coordinate development and enhancement of high-impact educational practices that elevate student success including experiential learning, first-year experience programs, proactive academic advising and the use of data analytics to inform decision-making.