Andrea Dawn Domingue, affectionately nicknamed Dre, grew up in San Antonio, Texas and was heavily influenced and empowered by a family of educators. Upon graduating from high school, she moved to Austin, TX to attend The University of Texas at Austin with the hopes of becoming a secondary education mathematics teacher. As a college student, Dre thoroughly enjoyed connecting with her peers and was active in a number of extracurricular campus activities where she held positions as a Resident Assistant, Safe Space Program facilitator, GLBT Agency Co-Chair through Student Government, and Alternative Spring Break to name a few. These leadership positions along with her volunteer work with local non-profit agencies motivated her towards the profession of student affairs.
Shortly after graduating from college, Dre moved to New York City to pursue her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at New York University. During this time she also held an assistantship with the Office of LGBT Student Services where she focused on advising student groups, supported a peer education program and implemented a number of social and educational programs. Just before finishing her master’s degree, Dre was hired to work full-time in this Office. As the Assistant Director, Dre’s responsibilities centered on coordinating educational and leadership opportunities for LGBT and ally students. Through this work she developed a passion for social justice education where she increasingly became committed to raising awareness about the intersectionality of social identities and specifically supporting LGBT students of color. During this time she also formed strong beliefs in helping her student affairs colleagues on campus and nationally to develop a social justice competency and awareness to more effectively enhance student development.
After several enjoyable years at NYU, Dre made the difficult decision of leaving her position to pursue a doctorate degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst focusing on Social Justice Education. For two years she worked in Leadership Education for the Department of Residence Life where she advised a several student organizations, coordinated recognition initiatives for student leaders, and facilitated trainings and retreats on a number of topics. She also held the position of Workshop Facilitator for the Women of Color Leadership Network through UMass’ Everywomen’s Center. In this position she works with 15-20 women of color to help them explore their unique and collective experiences with body image, culminating with the annual production of the Body Politics performance.
Currently she is an instructor for the School of Education where she teaches a course titled “Social Diversity in Education,” a general education course and Education minor elective that has students explore the multiple and interconnected systems of oppression impacting K-12 school and college campuses. She also teaches the Emerging Scholar Seminar, course designed to provide academic support and scholarship development for underrepresented students interested in enrolling at the Commonwealth Honors College.
For her doctoral studies, Dre’s dissertation work is centered on the leadership experiences of Black women college students at predominantly White institutions. For detailed information about her dissertation and academic studies, please visit the Research page.
On a personal note, Dre enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends as well stay active with hobbies such as traveling, cycling, and Crossfit.