Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is the Director of Undergraduate Affairs at Prep for Prep, a community-based organization in New York City. In this role he strategizes and implements a college retention program for more than 750 students of color at the nation’s most selective colleges and universities. Ricco is entering his third year at Prep, and finds his position rewarding for its combination of department strategy, operations and program management, and direct student advising.
Before joining Prep, Ricco was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the English department at Boston College for 10 years. In addition to teaching, he advised students of color at Boston College through several of BC’s summer bridge programs for first-generation college students. He also served as a faculty advisor to student organizations for LGBT students and Filipino American students on campus.
Ricco received his BS from Boston University and his MFA from Bennington College. Next year he will begin the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his student affairs career, Ricco is working on a novel and recently received the NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship from The Center for Fiction.
Fun Facts about Ricco:
- He grew up in Iowa but has also lived in Manila and Sydney.
- He recently married his husband, Guy, who teaches Sanskrit at Columbia.
- His short stories and social justice blog are at rsiasoco.wordpress.com.