Dra. Reyna M. Anaya (she, her, hers) is a student-centered higher education leader with a commitment to equitable and transformative student success. Honored to serve as the Senior Student Affairs Officer & Dean of Student Success at the Community College of Aurora (CCA), Dra. Anaya provides leadership that fosters a culture of proactive and inclusive student support services across the college and Colorado Community College System. In her role at CCA since 2018, she has had the opportunity to positively impact student support areas, such as: experiential learning & student engagement, scholarship coaching, career readiness, basic needs and mental health, parenting student services, disability services, veteran & military services, student conduct and behavioral intervention, and various federal and state grant programs.
Dra. Anaya is an active member of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators’ (NASPA) Community College Division and has provided her service as an equity consultant for REACH Collaborative at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2022-2023); a Board Member for the Association of Student Conduct Administration (2020-2023); and a President for the Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinxs (2019-2020).
Dra. Anaya received her Ph.D. in Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership program from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in 2019, Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UNC in 2009, and Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies from Colorado State University in 2007. She is a published scholar in the areas of intersectionality, contemplative practice, student conduct administration, and community college equity; and often contributes to panels, podcasts, and manuscript reviews related to student affairs and holistic student success.
Last and most importantly, Dra. Anaya enjoys being with her familia, cheering on her favorite athletes- her kids, Aiyana, Mateo, and Antonio- and engaging in opportunities that promote community cultural wealth in historically marginalized peoples and communities.