Passionate commitment to equity, inclusion, and liberation.
Philosophy & Approach
Marta Elena Esquilin is a social justice educator, higher education administrator, and diversity consultant. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Vermont in 1999, and her Master’s Degree in 2003 from Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher Education Administration. In 2005, under the leadership of Dr. Derald Wing Sue, she was a co-author of the seminal article, “Racial microaggressions in everyday life: Implications for clinical practice”. American Psychologist, 62(4), 271-286. From 2005 to 2015, Marta served as the Director for Social Justice and Intercultural Programs within the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Columbia University. Prior to her role at Columbia, she worked at The Posse Foundation and in a variety of community based organizations focused on youth development, college access & equity, and community building. Currently, she is the Associate Dean of the Honors Living Learning Community at Rutgers Newark and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the American Studies Program within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is also the Board chair of CLAGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies), the oldest LGBTQ research center in the country and the first Latina to serve in this role. She works as a diversity expert and consultant within educational settings including secondary schools, community-based organizations, higher education institutions around the United States.
Marta’s passion and current work focuses on creating educational environments that encourage the positive development and success of all students. She is particularly interested in raising awareness about how microaggressions manifest to create hostile environments for marginalized social identities within work and school settings. Most recently, she has been developing trainings and assessment tools aimed at increasing cultural competence, addressing the impacts of microaggressions, and creating sustainable infrastructures to support student success within educational settings. Her work aims to equip administrators, faculty, staff and students with the skills necessary for creating environments that are affirming to all identities and experiences.
NASPA 2015 Annual Conference Presentation, "Cultural Competence and Student Affairs: A Model for Creating Inclusive Campus Environments and Fostering the Success of Historically Underrepresented Students"