Dean Sumi is a scholar-practitioner, as well as a highly skilled facilitator, social justice educator and presenter. Through her award-winning work in student affairs, she has served as an advocate for Asian Pacific American community issues, in addition to offering leadership development, mentoring and community engagement/empowerment programs. She also engages in cross-cultural program development and institutional advocacy. Sumi has held leadership positions and presented her original research at NASPA, ACPA, NCORE and ASHE. In addition, she is an Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition Fellow. Prior to joining the College’s Office of Dean of Students team in 2012, Sumi spent 7.5 years at at the University of Southern California, where she served as the director for Asian Pacific American student services.
Dean Sumi is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a double major in women’s studies and history and a minor in Spanish. She holds an M.A. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
In 2007, Dean Sumi won the USC LGBT Service Award for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment. In 2010, Sumi won the NASPA Gold Excellence Award in the Multicultural and Inclusion category for the creation of Project ReMiX. In 2011, she won the USC Remarkable Women Award and the USC Rossier School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award. Her dissertation was titled “The Search for Transformative Agents: The Counter-Institutional Positioning of Faculty and Staff at an Elite University.” In 2014, Sumi was recognized with the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award by the NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community.