Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean for Student Success
Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers

Division of Academic Affairs
Faculty Advancement & Student Success 
619-259-0611 (Text)
[email protected]

Michelle Lopez is Assistant Dean in Faculty Advancement & Student Success. Previously she directed the Minority Biomedical Research Support/Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program in the College of Sciences where she led the program to achieve an 89% success rate of undergraduates enrolling in biomedical/behavioral science doctoral programs and built a blueprint  for  the College of Sciences to mentor/advise/engage STEM students academicaily and professionally.  Identifying with the first-generation college student experience, Michelle is a daughter of an immigrant Filipino parents. She received her baccalaureate degree in Biology, Masters in Educational Leadership, Postsecondary Administration and is a Doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership.

Michelle‚Äôs research interests include post-transfer student success, building a diverse transfer receptive culture, access and success of underserved college student populations; and Filipinx student retention in higher education. Her dissertation research will examine Filipinx Post-Transfer Student Experiences at a Four-Year University. 

Michelle has 20 years  of practitioner experience with programs to engage diverse students in academic scholarships, high-impact enrichment opportunities, major exploration, aligning major choice with strengths and interests, and early preparation for graduate study. 

As Assistant Dean, Michelle is responsible for a broad range of matters relating to undergraduate student retention, advising, engagement and achievement, and overseeing the Transfer Student Success Office in Academic Affairs.

She is a liaison and partner with various  academic and student affairs-diversity offices and programs and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the CSU Success Network. Recent professional presentations include NASPA Student Success Annual Meeting (June, 2021), CSU Student Success Network Virtual Conference (September/October 2020) and at the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (February, 2021).  She also has a book chapter on the Latina/o/x Community College Transfer Experience in progress.

Michelle also serves on the Filipino American Advisory Committee, a team of Filipino educational leaders dedicated to strengthening  the Filipino student P-20 educational pathway. She is dedicated to mentoring new and continuing Filipinx students at SDSU who transition from  the local service area, out of state, or who are international students., regardless of major and level. 

Diverse students mentored by Michelle are enrolled in top graduate programs across the nation, have completed their graduate degrees or are currently employed in higher education, the STEM industry and other professions.

Students Schedule with Michelle to discuss any of the following:
- first year student success and retention
- general student success check-ins or consultations
- undecided students exploring major options (e.g. I met with the undeclared and major advisers but still unsure)
- navigating or how to negotiate conversations between family expectations and SDSU expectations (e.g. changing major or career profession that matches students' strengths and goals). 
- finding campus community and mentors to support your goal
- undergraduate research opportunities, graduate school opportunities and funding
- petition to withdraw or leave of absence due to special circumstances
- other reasons related to student success and a successful path to graduation and post-graduate planning

Students: To Schedule an appointment  
(click Get Assistance, Schedule the Appointment, Advising, choose a service option (such as Asst Dean Support, or other advising), choose "location & date/time" and select FASS Assistant Dean (Student Success, undeclared or IS3D).

Colleagues or Community Member(s) Schedule with Michelle to consult or strategically plan on:
-  first-year retention (various disciplines)
-  student engagement -  partnership development and increasing student engagement in high impact practices
-  strengthening undergraduate - graduate pathways
-  strengthening bridges for API/Filipino high school or transfer student successful bridging to SDSU
-  transfer student success
-  first-generation college success 
-  equity and inclusion in STEM
-  recruitment of diverse students into faculty-mentored opportunities
-  equity-minded strategies or practices to improve engaging  diverse students into academic spaces 
-  earlier, proactive advising and outreach practices to support underrepresented, first-gen and post-traditional students

Faculty/Staff, Community Members can schedule with Michelle using Calendly

Michelle Lopez, M.A.
Assistant Dean for Student Success
[email protected]