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Elizabeth (liz) Anh Thomson

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs / Director, Equity, Diversity & Intercultural Programs
color photo of liz thomson, a dark-skinned, Vietnamese person with shaved black hair, black eyes, and charcoal thick rimmed glasses wearing a lightweight, beige sweater
(320) 589-6093
Multi-Ethnic Resource Center 110

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Ph.D., University of Illinois Chicago
M.A., Roosevelt University
B.A., Lake Forest College

EXPERTISE

  • Disability identity, culture, and community
  • Marginalized, underrepresented student groups
  • Gender and women's studies
  • Asian American studies
  • Disability Studies


Liz's work with college equity and inclusion includes serving as interim director for four years for two cultural centers - Asian American Resource and Cultural Center and the Gender and Sexuality Center - at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They spent the prior nine years there as an Assistant Director and various program coordinator roles. At Northeastern Illinois University's Project Success Program, they advised at risk students and coordinated orientation, recruitment, and outreach activities. They also have 10 years of liberal arts college administrative experience at their alma mater, Lake Forest College - as Chicago Alliance Program director, Office of Campus Activities assistant director, and Office of Marketing and Communications assistant director.

Liz has served as an adjunct instructor in Asian American Studies and Women's Studies, guest lecturer in Disabilities and Human Development, and an academic support course instructor. Their experience includes facilitating programs using dialogue methods; organizing large, campus wide diversity and inclusion programs and events; and working relationships centered in collaboration and community building.

Liz earned their PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Their academic research is exploring the new phenomenon of disability cultural centers in U.S. higher education. They hold an M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University and a B.A. in German and Sociology/Anthropology from Lake Forest College.