Michele Soliz, PhD
Dr. Michele Soliz serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Inclusion within the Division of Student Affairs at The University of Toledo. In addition to leading the Office of Multicultural Student Success, Dr. Soliz provides leadership to the Office of EXCEL as well as the Upward Bound program.
With nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Soliz has served in numerous key roles across the institution including in the Office of the President. In collaboration with partners across the institution, Dr. Soliz increased the usage and visibility of academic support services that help retain students, and lead to graduation. Prior to her role in the provost’s area, Dr. Soliz served as the Dean of Students. During her tenure, LGBTQA initiatives, including an LBGTQA advisory board, were formed and the institution was recognized as an LBGT friendly campus by Campus Pride, the leading national organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.
She is active in the UT Latino Alumni Affiliate, serves as a mentor to African American female students in the Talented and Aspiring Women Leaders (TAWL) program and teaches Managing Diversity in the Workplace.
Dr. Soliz received her bachelor of arts in Ethnic Studies from Bowling Green State University and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from UT in higher education, where her research focused on Latino student baccalaureate completion rates and student engagement.