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Bhattar, Raja Gopal
The STEAM Journal:
2, Article 32.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol4/iss2/32
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Dr. Raja Gopal Bhattar (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is a nationally-recognized higher education leader, advocate, consultant and author. Most recently, Dr. Bhattar served as the Assistant Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Identity + Inclusion at the University of Chicago, overseeing the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, LGBTQ Student Life and Student Support Services along with campus-wide climate and inclusion work. Previously, Raja has held positions at the University of California – Los Angeles, University of Redlands, University of Vermont, Champlain College and Semester at Sea (University of Virginia). They hold a PhD and Master of Arts degrees in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA, a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Spanish Literature from Boston University. Raja’s work straddles qualitative and quantitative approaches to intersectional identity development and the experiences of LGBTQ people, immigrants, first-generation students, international students and people of color in higher education. Raja’s research centers intersections of identity and sense of belonging, international students, HIV-AIDS in higher education, access and inclusion in global higher education and impact of diverse staff and faculty on student experience and campus climate. They have authored numerous articles and book chapters and present regularly at national and regional conferences. Raja has been featured in The Advocate Magazine, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, India Abroad Magazine, Hinduism Today Magazine, the Vermont Quarterly and many other news outlets. Raja has served in various leadership roles for NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher education with the Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community, Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community, Region I, Region VI, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Division and various other committees. They also served as the People of Color constituency chair and Institute Chair for the Consortium of LGBT Resource Professionals in Higher Education. Dr. Bhattar is a proud queer and gender non-conforming person of color, 1.5 generation immigrant, first-generation college student and spiritual practitioner. They approach this work with a passion for sustainable organizational impact and a bold vision of equity and access through social change. https://www.rajabhattar.com/links