Veronica Heiskell earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies from UCLA and a M.A. in Counseling & Guidance in Higher Education Student Affairs from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obsipo. She first discovered higher education as an AmeriCorps member stationed in Cal Polys Gender Equity Center providing educational programming and leadership roles for students interested in discussing and exploring the intersectionality of their identities. Her master's thesis focused on developing a targeted six-week workshop series and toolkit on career development and exploration for LGBTQIA students.
She has spent nine years in higher education working in positions in diversity centers, career services, academic advising, and housing at Cal Poly, Stanford, and UT Austin. Veronica currently coordinates experiential learning for the University Leadership Network (ULN), a scholarship program for 2,000 students with high financial need at UT. Veronicas research interests include supporting underrepresented students on college campuses and investigating sense of belonging of undecided students.