Meet Rio Hondo’s New VP of Student Services

You can find him in the Administration Building Rm A101 or contact him at (562)-908-3489 or [email protected]

Profile picture of Dr. Earic Dixon-Peters.

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Earic Dixon Peters via Twitter

Profile picture of Dr. Earic Dixon-Peters.

Rio Hondo College has a new Student Services Vice President, Dr. Earic Dixon-Peters. He officially started in April of this year. 

Background

As a SoCal native, Peters was raised in South Los Angeles and presently lives in Northeast Los Angeles with his partner and three sons.

Finishing his time at Santa Monica College, Peters transferred to Azusa Pacific University. As a first-generation college student, he wasn’t sure of his career path and changed his major many times. At APU, he earned an athletic scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education/Liberal Studies. After graduating, he went to California University of Fullerton for his Doctorate Degree in Education, emphasis in Community College Leadership.

Since 2000, Dr. Dixon-Peters works in higher education. From 2000-2007, he became the Associate Dean of Students at Occidental College. In 2007-2013, he was Los Angeles City College’s Associate Dean, as well as Vice President of Student Services at Los Angeles Pierce College from 2013-2021. He also became the Administrator of the Los Angeles Community College District from 2007-2021. 

His Leadership Experience

Throughout his career, he worked in many areas within student affairs/services. As the Associate Dean of Student Life at Occidental College, he oversaw many things. This includes; retention programs, student life gear up, leadership development and outdoor leadership programs. In addition, he was in charge of student government, media, orientation, and greek life.

Moreover, Peter’s moved to a public community college system. Peters supervised various services and academic programs, including; athletics, financial aid, disability services, student health and psychological services, UMOJA, DREAM resources, and many more. While assisting these programs, he provides leadership and direction for all operational activities related to Student Services. Additionally, he also served as the Title IX coordinator for the campus.

As a leader, he says it is important that he fosters collegiality and civility, ensures transparency which is important to develop high trusting members of organization, and to support the student-centered decision-making model.

Now at Rio

With his focus for the first 90 days at Rio, he would like to understand the institutional operations, campus culture, community leaders, and meet with all of the student services programs offices. Once he completes his learning and assessment of the student services division, he wants to immediately focus in student barriers to enrollment and support for students. His primary goal to support the services and programs and to ensure they deliver efficient and effective services that assist students to complete their educational goals.

Dr. Dixon-Peters was attracted to Rio Hondo College’s mission statement and single campus district. He was impressed by The staff and faculty’s commitment to the students. He shares that he’s grateful for the warm welcome and the all the kind words and support he has received.  

“As we come down to the last days of the semester, remember to finish strong and to incorporate and focus on a balance routine. When you get proper sleep, good nutrition, and incorporate effective study strategies, you will find yourself in a good position to finish strong.  Be sure to utilize the services to support you in these last few days.” -Dr. Earic Dixon-Peters

Welcome to Rio Hondo College!

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