Liza Talusan is an educator, speaker, activist, mentor, leader, runner, writer, leadership coach and parent. She is an engaging facilitator in conversations about diversity, racism, unconscious bias, privilege and power and creates environments that allow for people to discuss these difficult topics openly. Through her direct work with leaders, Liza seeks to empower individuals to create a more inclusive organization, environment and community.
Liza has been invited to over 50 schools and organizations across the country to deliver and facilitate keynotes, training workshops, develop ongoing strategic planning, change management, and faculty/staff development.
Liza also works closely with leaders to develop, support and implement strategic changes. By working directly with leaders, Liza engages in leadership and executive coaching relationships in order to best support individuals personally and professionally. Trained by the Institute for Professional Education in Coaching (iPEC), Liza helps you to achieve your personal and professional goals by tapping into your strengths and vision for goal-centered life.
Liza earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Child Development from Connecticut College; her Masters of Arts in Higher Education Administration from New York University; and her Ph.D. in Higher Education from University of Massachusetts Boston. Liza's cumulative research interests include the experiences of underrepresented populations; Asian American and Pacific Islander and Desi students; socialization to graduate programs; navigating academic parenthood; interracial relationships; recognizing and reducing unconscious bias; and the impact of federal financial aid policies. Liza's dissertation, "The Formation of Scholars: Critical Narratives of Asian American and Pacific Islander Doctoral Students in Higher Education" is available on ProQuest. Liza was the 2017 recipient of the Dissertation of the Year Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Asian American Special Interest Group.
To better understand dynamics within corporate environments, Liza has also earned her certificate in Human Resources where she focused on the dynamics of intercultural communication in the workplace. Liza is the recipient of numerous awards including "Best 40 Under 40"; NASPA Region I Mid-Level Professional Award; NASPA APIKC VIP Award; Asian Women for Health's Peer Leader Award; Promise in Action Mentoring Nominee; Network for Equity, Excellence in Education Award; and a number of institutional grants.
Liza has diverse experience working in education and training, including in the K-12 community through her work as a classroom teacher for grades 6th, 9th and 12th. She has professional experience at the college/university level in Admission and Enrollment, Career Counseling, Gender/Women’s Issues, and Multicultural Affairs. Liza has also served as a Dean of Faculty in a summer program for students in under-resourced communities. In addition, Liza has presented at conferences on topics ranging from work with adolescent boys and girls to ethical diversity strategies, and has facilitated professional development workshops that encourage diversity.
Liza has contributed to various online media outlets such as Anti-Racist Parent (www.antiracistparent.com), Low-Fat Love with Dr. Patricia Leavy, and through her blog at Marathon B4 Mastectomy. She served as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence (ASPIRE), and started early regional awareness of retinoblastoma. Liza also served as the former Chair of the Connecticut College Alumni of Color Committee and served on the Alumni Board of Directors.
Liza was recently features as a facilitator in the film "I Am Not Racist... Am I?" To learn more about the film, please visit www.notracistmovie.com