24 Oct Vincent Vigil ME ’04 EdD ’07

While completing his master’s degree in postsecondary administration and student affairs at the USC Rossier School of Education, Vincent Vigil discovered that retention rates for the university’s LGBT students were low. They neither felt included or safe at USC—nor was there any mentorship or leadership development for them.

Determined to make a positive change, Vigil submitted a proposal for the university’s first LGBT Resource Center to the USC Division of Student Affairs.  The division accepted his proposal and hired Vigil as the center’s part-time coordinator in 2004; the following year, he became the center’s first full-time director. Under his leadership, the center created many programs and services, including the Faculty & Staff Ally Program, QueerStories and the Freshman Advocacy Board. Vigil also maintained and improved existing programs like University Rap and collaborations with the Rainbow Floor, and played a key role in the annual Lavender Celebration.

A 2005-6 recipient of USC Lambda’s Doug Elliott Scholarship in Education, Vigil also earned his doctorate in education from the USC Rossier School of Education.

In 2013, the national Latina/o LGBTQ nonprofit Honor 41 named Vigil one of the “41 Most Influential Latino LGBT Leaders” in the country. He is currently the director of student engagement at California State University, Fullerton.

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