Student Affairs

Episode 27. Dr. Elizabeth Thomson

Podcast: Student Affairs One Thing
Release Date: November 21, 2022
Episode Title: 27. Dr. Elizabeth Thomson
Summary:  Host Stuart Brown chats Dr. Elizabeth Thomson, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs / Director, Equity, Diversity & Intercultural Programs at the University of Minnesota Morris.


Dr. Elizabeth ThomsonElizabeth (liz) Anh Thomson's work with college equity and inclusion includes serving as interim director for four years for two cultural centers - Asian American Resource and Cultural Center and the Gender and Sexuality Center - at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They spent the prior nine years there as an Assistant Director and various program coordinator roles. At Northeastern Illinois University's Project Success Program, they advised at risk students and coordinated orientation, recruitment, and outreach activities. They has 10 years of liberal arts college administrative experience at their alma mater, Lake Forest College - as Chicago Alliance Program director, Office of Campus Activities assistant director, and Office of Marketing and Communications assistant director.

Liz has served as an adjunct instructor in Asian American Studies and Women's Studies, guest lecturer in Disabilities and Human Development, and an academic support course instructor. Their experience includes facilitating programs using dialogue methods; organizing large, campus wide diversity and inclusion programs and events; and working relationships centered in collaboration and community building.

Liz earned her PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Their academic research is exploring the new phenomenon of disability cultural centers in U.S. higher education. They holds an M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University and a B.A. in German and Sociology/Anthropology from Lake Forest College.

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Student Affairs One Thing is a bi-weekly podcast with new episodes released every other Monday. Host Stuart Brown, founder of, chats with seasoned student affairs professionals about what is the "One Thing" they have learned that has helped shape their professional career.

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