Dr. Candice Staples joins the UIA as the Director of Alliance Engagement where she is responsible for the development and oversight of the UIA’s member engagement and support strategy. Candice is an experienced leader in the nonprofit sector and the higher education field. She advocates for institutional equity by shedding light on understudied populations in postsecondary institutions.
Previously, Candice worked for Charitable Ventures, the University of Maryland, the Consortium on High Achievement and Success, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She has been recognized for her research by the University of Maryland Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID) and had her dissertation funded in part by the University of Maryland College of Education Support Program for Advancing Research and Collaboration (SPARC) grant. Candice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hampton University, a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland – College Park.