Dr. Sachedina joined K&A as a Consultant after more than 28 years in higher education. Shadia was most recently the Associate Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute for Technology in the State University of New York (SUNY), where she oversaw several key areas within student affairs. Earlier, she served as the Director of Student Life at Baruch College in the City University of New York (CUNY) and worked in various student affairs functional areas at the School of Visual Arts, Stony Brook University, and SUNY Cortland. She has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, taught graduate courses, and guest lectured on topics that include leadership, change management, and decision making. She has dedicated her career to developing impactful programs that produce demonstrable improvements in student success at the institutions she served.
Shadia brings a dynamic approach to leading and serving through the lens of empathy, compassion, and spirituality. Raised internationally in the State of Kuwait and of South Asian descent, she came to the United States as an International student; that experience shaped her passion and commitment to student service and fostered her embrace of the importance of cultural and interpersonal understanding between people and environments. A Gallup-certified Strengths coach, Shadia has worked with many people to help them uncover their talent potential so they can become stronger leaders and better managers. She is a Level 2 Reiki Healer & practitioner as well as a certified trainer in Restorative Practice through the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). Last, and certainly not least, she holds a Grand Diplome in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute, and has often used her knowledge as a chef to address food and nutrition needs for campus communities.
Shadia is a contributing author in Munin & White’s Keep Calm and call the Dean of Students: A Guide to Understanding the Many Facets of the Dean of Students’s
. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Stony Brook University, a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, and her doctorate in Higher & Postsecondary Education from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development of New York University. Shadia and her family live in New York; she loves reading, going to the theatre, watching brain candy movies, and taking long solitary walks by the ocean.