Liza Talusan is an educator, speaker, activist, mentor, leader, runner, writer, 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.
Liza has been invited to over 45 schools and organizations across the country to deliver and facilitate keynotes, training workshops, develop ongoing strategic planning, change management, and faculty/staff development.
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 research forwarded a new framework for doctoral student socialization which integrates socialization, development and identity in an interactional and intersectional model of identity-consciousness towards the formation of scholars. Her dissertation: "The Formation of Scholars: Critical Narratives of Asian American and Pacific Islander Doctoral Students in Higher Education" which is available on ProQuest.
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.
Liza frequently writes about her experiences as a person of color. She is a child of immigrants, an individual impacted by cancer, and in a multiracial relationship. Liza balances work and life, stress and happiness, love and loss.
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