Office of the Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs
University of California San Diego
Cynthia Dávalos holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of San Diego. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a focus on higher education leadership from the University of San Diego, School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Cynthia began her career in higher education in 1998 working closely with outreach, admissions, scholarships and financial aid, and academic advising and programming. In 2005 she began her career at UC San Diego serving as the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor Student Affairs. In this capacity, Cynthia oversees special initiatives, community relations, and strategies that promote collaborations between Student Affairs and the larger campus. Cynthia’s accomplishments at UC San Diego include assisting in the establishment of the office for undocumented student services, parent and family programs, and the infrastructure of a retention program for select scholarship recipients from diverse backgrounds. In 2014 she co-created a summer STEM program with faculty and staff to attract underrepresented students to UC San Diego. In addition, she has created and co-taught a 13-week course to visiting Chinese student affairs practitioners studying English and American Higher Education at UC San Diego Extension. This partnership has fostered new relationships and exchanges between both groups.