Tracy Pascua Dea



Dr. Tracy Pascua Dea is the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success and former Director of the High Potential First Generation to College Program at Saint Mary’s College of California.  She also teaches part-time at Northeastern University and Saint Mary’s College.  She has 20 years progressive experience in corporate and higher education settings specializing in student success, diversity, equity and social justice, career development, and leadership training and development. Her research and teaching focus on student success with an emphasis on first generation and historically marginalized student populations, strengths-based institutional change, first generation professionals with special interest in the Asian Pacific Islander community, and the power of narratives for social change. She has worked with diverse individuals and groups and with internationally recognized programs; co-wrote and awarded two Federal grants totaling $4.2 million; and has presented over 30 times at international and national conferences.  Throughout her career, Tracy has been active in service to the community and has held leadership roles in professional organizations such as NASPA, NACADA and APAHE.  Her family immigrated to the United States from the Philippines. She is the first in her family to attend college and graduate school in the United States. Tracy earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and B.A. in Psychology from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is co-author of and


PhD from Maryville University of Saint Louis (2009)