Dr. Vijay Pendakur serves as the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University. Prior to this appointment, he worked on campus-wide student success initiatives for underserved populations as an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University – Fullerton. Before joining the team at Fullerton, Dr. Pendakur served as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Student Success at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the editor of the recent book, “Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success,” as well as numerous chapters on Asian American racial identity development, color-blind racism, and critical leadership pedagogy. He holds a bachelor's degree in history and East Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master's degree in U.S. history from the University of California, San Diego, and a doctorate in education from DePaul University. Outside of work, Vijay enjoys hiking with his wife, Katie, goofing around with his daughter, Mira, playing guitar, and waiting for the next Start Wars movie to come out.