Nicole Ngaosi

Educational Leadership & Policy

M.A. in Asian American Studies, UCLA, 2018
M.S.W. in Social Welfare, UCLA, 2018
B.A. in Asian American Studies, Pilipino Studies Concentration, UCLA, 2014

Nicole Ngaosi is a doctoral student in the Program in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. She is a Graduate Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Liliana Garces and is an inaugural recipient of the College of Education Graduate Student Equity Fellowship. Ngaosi’s research interests focus on understanding the role of institutional partnerships to yield long-term social justice priorities at universities. Through case studies, she utilizes a combination of archival documents and oral histories to illuminate multigenerational advocacy executed by students, staff, faculty, and external stakeholders.

Prior to attending UT, Ngaosi dedicated her full-time Student Affairs professional roles to supporting student retention at UCLA. At the UCLA Community Programs Office, the campus’ multicultural center, her portfolio oversaw a portion of the university's basic needs operations as well as its unique readmission pipeline program and affinity-based peer counseling efforts. Her work drew heavily on her background as a student organizer and her service on various university and systemwide committees.

A former community college transfer from Santa Monica College, Ngaosi obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies, Master of Arts in Asian American Studies, and Master of Social Welfare from UCLA.