Sonja Ardoin is an author, learner, educator, and facilitator. She originates from "Cajun country" and is proud of her first generation to Ph.D. educational journey. Sonja brings experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising. She currently serves as program director and clinical assistant professor of higher education at Boston University. Sonja stays engaged in the field through presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with national organizations such as NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape, Zeta Tau Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha, Delta Gamma, and College Summit. She authored The Strategic Guide to Shaping Your Student Affairs Career (2014) and is currently working on books on first generation, working class, rural students and college access, and social class stories in the academy. She serves on the journal review boards for the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the College Student Affairs Journal. Sonja not only identifies as a first-generation college student herself, but also studies others’ experiences and is the author of the forthcoming College Aspirations and Access in Working-Class, Rural Communities: The Mixed Signals, Challenges, and New Language First-Generation Students Encounter (in press with Lexington Books). She also serves on the NASPA Socioeconomic & Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community (KC) and the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success Advocacy Group.
Learn more about Sonja's work by visiting her website (www.sonjaardoin.com) or following her on Twitter (@SonjaArdoin).