DEI Institute 2022: How to advise LGBTQIA+ students

  • 07/06/2022
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online (Zoom)
  • 75


DEI INSTITUTE 2022

How to advise lgbtqia+ students


Students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community present a range of opportunities for authentic campus diversity and equity initiatives. We will expand our understanding of the diversity of students in this community, and how to support them through the college search process.


Ben Baum

Vice President of Enrollment

St. John's College






Ben Baum is Vice President of Enrollment at St. John's College, the third oldest college in America known for its great books curriculum and campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He oversees admissions and financial aid at St. John's, and he has published on LGBTQ and legal issues in college admissions. Prior to St. John's, Ben worked in admissions at Tufts University and the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP. He has a bachelor's degree from Amherst College, a master's degree from the University of Oxford, and a law degree from the University of Michigan.


Erica Padilla

Regional Associate Director of Admissions

New York Metro for the University of Rochester






Erica Padilla (Regional Associate Director of Admissions, New York Metro for the University of Rochester) has a career in higher education that spans over 20 years. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Regional Officers of Admissions Metro NYC (ROAM-NYC), a college delegate for the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and a member of the Executive board for the New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling (NYSACAC), among other leadership roles. Erica has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Manhattanville College and a Master's in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University.

Emmanuel "Manny" Cruz (he/him/his)

Director of Admissions

New York School of Interior Design






Emmanuel "Manny" Cruz (he/him/his) is currently serving as the Director of Admissions at the New York School of Interior Design. Previously, Manny worked in various admissions roles at SUNY Oswego, SUNY System Administration, Hartwick College, and St. Gregory's University. Manny has a passion for DEI work. He's currently co-chairing the NYSACAC LGBTQ Special Interest Group and has served in various roles for NYSACAC and NACAC. 


This event is part of the DEI Institute Series

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