Eric G. Carnaje is a student affairs scholar practitioner interested in transforming higher education to become a more inclusive and welcoming environment for new and continuing students. His interests and experiences are largely influenced by his identities as a queer Pilipino American, as a child of immigrant parents, and as a non-black Person of Color. He continues to deepen his commitment to racial justice and social justice work every day by engaging with students, colleagues, peers, and family members in dynamic conversations centered on race and racism, and by engaging in critical self-reflection rooted in compassion, sustainability, and joy. As an educator and activist, he strongly believes that racial justice and social justice work is deeply personal and extremely political, and must be a priority both on- and off-campus in order to create a kinder tomorrow.
Professionally, he serves as the Program Director for Orientation and New Student Programs at the University of Vermont (UVM) where he also received his Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. Before coming to UVM, he served as an Academic Advisor at the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from the University of California, Berkeley (#gobears). His current academic and professional interests involve learning more about the academic advising experiences of students of Color on college campuses, recognizing how mentorship and role modeling impact the resiliency or burnout of newer student affairs professionals, and using contemplative practices to challenge and dismantle toxic, oppressive, White ways of being and doing within higher education.