Who We Are
Associate Dean of Students
For over fifteen years, Dr. Blanca Martinez-Navarro has worked in institutional and educational environments that have equipped her with the organizational leadership qualities and direct services skills to support her role at Cal Poly. Among her areas of expertise are educational equity, crisis management, strategic partnership, and culturally responsive practices. Dr. Martinez-Navarro has a proven track record of establishing relationships and collaborating with various stakeholders, including students, staff, faculty, administration, and community partners. This holistic approach and her strategic administrative ability to bridge resources across campus allows Dr. Martinez-Navarro to support and advocate for student needs.
Dr. Martinez-Navarro holds a bachelor’s in Political Science and Education from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a master’s in social work from Columbia University, and a doctorate in urban planning from UCLA.
Maha Haddad (she/her) is a Care Coordinator for the Office of the Dean of Students. She has worked in higher education for numerous years and served in various roles such as an academic advisor, international student advisor, and support coordinator. Maha has a passion in working with students that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in higher education in order to collectively create an inclusive an equitable environment.
As a Care Coordinator, Maha aims to continuously support the needs of the students. She utilizes a holistic approach in advising and will consistently advocate for students that need various types of support. This can range from ensuring a student is able to meet their basic needs, such as food and housing security, to ensuring they are reaching their academic goals. Maha looks forward to working directly with students in order to navigate through different barriers and guide them to reaching their overall goal.
Maha holds a masters degree in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a bachelors degree in Anthropology from University of California Santa Cruz.