Undergrad: Northern Arizona University
Major: Psychology and Criminal Justice
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Assistantship: Residential Life: Assistant Residence Hall Director
Bio: Hello! My name is Olivia Hankins and I am from Huntington Beach, California. I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2018 and studied Psychology and Criminal Justice. In Flagstaff, I truly found my love for the outdoors such as climbing and hiking, and my love for Student Affairs. As a student leader I was about to see how my academics and life as a student were instantly enriched when I was able to build connecting genuine communities thus starting my journey into student affairs. Since graduating I have been working in the Student Life Office at Adams State University, located in a small town in Southern Colorado. Now immersed as a professional in student affairs, I was able to see behind the curtain of it all, things I wouldn't normally see as a student leader.
In finding my voice, I became a student advocate and witnessed inequities across campus that affected staff and students. In working within student affairs as a student and now as a professional, I have validation that this is a career field that I was to pursue. I am stoked to be moving across the country to be a part of UConn's HESA Masters program! It's been a dream of mine for a long time to live on the East Coast!