I am pleased to announce that Khou Yang Vigil has been selected as the Interim Director for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) & Puerta Centro for Diversity in Teaching. She begins her new role on Monday, 4 January, 2021.
Khou is a local Sonoma County native raised in Santa Rosa, California. She is the daughter of immigrant refugees who came to the United States in the late 1970’s due to the Secret War in Laos in search of a better life. Most recently, she served as the Educational Opportunity Program Coordinator and Professional Academic Advisor at Sonoma State. She has also taught as an Adjunct Faculty lecturer within the University Studies department at Sonoma State. She was the first person in her family to pursue higher education, earning a Bachelor of Arts in American Multicultural Studies from Sonoma State University in 2006 and a Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University in 2010.
Khou began her professional career at Humboldt State University as a Residence Life Coordinator from 2010 – 2012. In 2012, Khou was offered the opportunity to work at her alma mater, returning to Sonoma State as a Residential Life Coordinator and continuing her work supporting students within the residential community. In 2014, she transitioned to Undeclared Advising and the Educational Opportunity Program. As an Undeclared Advisor, she worked closely with students in helping them find their passions and the “right” major for them. As an EOP Advisor, she worked closely with first-generation, historically low-income, and educationally disadvantaged students providing holistic advising in support of students’ personal, academic, and career development. Khou was appointed as the EOP Coordinator in 2016 and continued to support students and university-wide initiatives. Khou has experience working in student orientation and transition programs, housing and residence life, academic advising, crisis response, grant writing, program development, and mental health well-being. Khou’s vision and goals are to continue creating a socially just and equitable educational experience for everyone. Her proudest achievements are her three beautiful children and seeing her students earn their Bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University.
Please join me in congratulating Khou on her new role.
Gerald L. Jones, J.D.
Interim AVP for Student Affairs, Student Access & Educational Equity
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Sonoma State University