Working in higher education has not only been Sol Gonzalez’s life-long career but her passion. Sol has been entrenched in higher education for the past twenty-nine years with twenty six years of progressive experience as an administrator in Student Affairs. Sol is currently the Director of the New Student Center at Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus.
Promoting student access and success has been at the crux of the various positions that Sol has held in Student Services throughout her tenure at Miami Dade College, which include serving as the Dean of Student Services, Director of ACCESS Services for Students with Disabilities and Director of Student Retention.
While serving as the Dean of Students, Sol provided leadership to the Student Services team who effectively implemented enrollment efforts resulting in increased enrollment of 6.0% and successfully effected the consolidation of two departments despite facing many fiscal challenges.
Sol is also involved in the local community and serves on the Miami Advisory Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the GEAR UP College Readiness Institute Advisory Board and she was a member of the West Kendall Business Association, where she served as the co-chair the Education Subcommittee for a two-year term.
Sol Gonzalez holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Barry University. Sol is an alumna of the National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Fellows Program and Leadership Miami, a Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce program, focusing on issues that affect the community.
As the first in her family to attend college, Sol González understands the importance of being afforded the opportunity and resources to pursue a postsecondary education. It gives her great satisfaction to know that she has dedicated her professional career to helping students pursue their career goals.
I am inspired each day when working with students who are motivated when they can see the possibilities of what they can achieve. That is why I feel very proud to be associated with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, an organization that makes a difference in the lives and communities of each family that it touches.