Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment
Oregon State University
After graduating from Corvallis High School in Montana, Heather Wofford attended Montana State University where she studied natural resources and rangeland management (B.S.). As a student, Heather got involved in the ffice of admissions as a tour ambassador and student employee. Following graduation, Heather started as the Minority Admissions Representative in the Office of Admissions at MSU where she coordinated the American Indian recruitment programs such as Rockin the Rez, Tribal College Transfer Preview Day, and Native Youth Preview Day. This position was very special to Heather because she could relate to the students and the families. As a Native woman who attended a pre-dominantly white institution, Heather knew how hard it could be for Native students to navigate the process and get connected to support in a system they are not familiar with.
After four years in that position, Heather decided to look for a new opportunity where she could continue to work with Native students but also work with more communities of color and learn about their experiences with higher education. That is when she found the Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment role at Oregon State University. In this position, Ms. Wofford supervises OSU’s recruit team and coordinate multicultural initiatives such as Latino Family Night, Black Family Night, Beaver VIP on-site admissions, application workshops and the Diversity TOUR Ambassador program. At OSU, she has been able to get more experience collaborating with campus partners and Community-Based organizations, as well as creating strategic plans for recruitment territories and office-wide diversity recruitment initiatives.
BS - Bachelor of Science in Natrual Resources and Rangeland Ecology, 2010
Montana State University
Why are you serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee?
“I believe in the mission and reason for GWI. Having representation and a space dedicated for conversations around diversity, equity, and access is powerful and essential. As a Native woman, I believe it’s important for me to be an advocate for not only my community, but others who share similar experiences.”