SDLA board member — Caryl Montero-Adams

Caryl headshotCaryl Montero-Adams
Director, Student Life & Leadership, San Diego State University

Caryl Montero-Adams is originally from a small town in northeast Ohio. As a first-generation college student, she moved across the state to pursue higher education. While in school, her co-curricular involvement introduced her to social issues and the progressive community. Caryl’s transformative collegiate experiences sparked a lifelong passion for service and community engagement, which included tutoring refugees, working on political campaigns for LGBTQ+ rights, lobbying on Capitol Hill for comprehensive sexuality education, and participating in an intensive experiential learning program centered on issues of diversity and inclusion.

Having established roots in San Diego in 2011, Caryl serves as the Director of Student Life & Leadership at San Diego State University. In her role, she leads the areas of Student Organizations & Activities, Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Glazer Center for Leadership & Service, and Commuter Life.  At SDSU, Caryl serves as a Senator on University Senate and is active on several cross-campus committees, including the Sexual Violence Task Force and the Inclusive Diversity Task Force. Prior to her role as Director, she served as an Assistant Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life and as a Residence Hall Coordinator at SDSU.  Caryl has been honored by the Division of Student Affairs with the Excellence in Student Development award in 2018 and Exceptional New Professional award in 2014.

Caryl earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Health Promotion and Education: Community Health from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. She was a 2018 Fellow of the San Diego Leadership Alliance Institute. Caryl is passionate about issues of inclusion, access, gender equality, reproductive justice, community development, and health promotion. Caryl resides in central San Diego, where she and her partner Luis are raising their child Remington.


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