Dr. LaToya Smith is the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. She previously served as Senior Associate Director for Student Services in Texas Athletics, providing strategic leadership over academic and student services in Intercollegiate Athletics and establishing one of the most robust student support networks in all of college athletics. She is also a faculty member in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department in the College of Education, teaching Higher Education Law and Student Affairs in Higher Education.
Prior to her role in Athletics, she served as the University’s Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator and was responsible for creating Title IX, a robust and sustainable Title IX model: including policy development, training, intervention, prevention and advocacy programs.
As a pioneer in strategic planning in higher education, she has been instrumental in developing many University campus resources and programs such as Student Emergency Services, the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL), and Student Veteran Services.
A two-time Texas Ex, LaToya holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University.