Farewell Victoria Verlezza

Posted: July 18, 2016

Dear Scripps Students,

It is with a mixture of emotion that I share the news that Victoria Verlezza, assistant director for the Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment (SCORE), has accepted the position of Community Director at California State University, Monterey Bay. In her new role, Victoria will have oversight of sixteen resident advisors and will also continue her focus on social justice within the residential life context. As a Community Director, Victoria will be responsible for building relationships and fostering a community that supports a diverse population of students to grow and develop individually and collectively, striving for personal and academic success. In addition to serving as the lead conduct officer for her residential community, Victoria will serve as a resource to the general campus community, and Student Affairs staff, on issues of student and campus residential life.

Of course, when Victoria shared with me late last week that she would be leaving, I was at once sad for the loss and pleased that she is taking the next step in her career. Those of you who know Victoria even a little know that she is highly organized and a planner. I am pleased that she met her timetable for her next professional move.

During her four years at Scripps, Victoria has served our community well, and has accomplished a great deal. In addition to being a strong advocate for our students and a passionate voice for social justice, Victoria’s accomplishments include:

·        Served as Co-chair for Scripps Staff Council

·        Worked in partnership with SCORE colleagues to create Ally Month

·        Helped to facilitate SCORE collaborations with various offices and academic departments. These collaborations were extensive and helped ensure successful campus events, workshops and other programming.

·        Helped develop the new Bias Incident Policy and Protocol

·        Assisted in selecting three years of outstanding Residential Assistants

·        Helped create Bridges Living Learning Community

·        Served on Presidential Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (PACDI)

·        Advised the Sustained Dialogue Moderator program

·        Supported a wide variety of students

·        Served as the advisor for Café Con Lech, Family, and Wanawake

I will announce the transition plan for SCORE in the coming weeks and will take this opportunity to underscore the college’s commitment to ensuring SCORE continues to be a strong and able resource, as well as source of support and advocacy for our students.

Please also join me in thanking Victoria for her many contributions to an inclusive community. Victoria’s last day at the college is July 22 and her farewell reception will be on Tuesday, July 19 from 9:00am to 10:00am at SCORE. For those of you on campus, I hope you can attend. For those of you presently off campus, I know Victoria would love to hear from you.


Charlotte Johnson
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


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