Sandy Ho, PhD

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Sandy Ho, PhD

Assistant Dean and Director of Student Affairs
College of Education

Biographical Information

Dr. Ho's (pronouns: she/they/her/them) administrative and teaching experiences span community colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and other public universities. She/They has a breadth of expertise including federal financial aid policy and student access, culturally affirming practices and programming, diversity and inclusion, globalization and internationalization, extended studies, inclusive curriculum, student services, student development, leadership development, faculty development, risk management, accessibility, event planning, social media, campus orientation, academic advising, student success coaching, military/veteran support, Supplemental Instruction (SI)/tutoring programs management, and online learning. Dr. Ho is also a fighting video game, Hello Kitty, Harry Potter, and Naruto enthusiast. 

For Faculty and Staff: Contact Dr. Ho regarding recruitment, admissions, enrollment management, engagement and retention, all COE events, advancing diversity/equity/inclusion (DEI) efforts, student support services, administrative tasks and projects for Academic Support Professionals, intracampus and intercampus collaborations, community and workforce partnerships, alumni relations, web and digital content, marketing materials, digital marketing, social media, student clubs and organizations, Mentor Collective, technology support, branded promotional items, and all COE operations related needed.

For Students: Contact Dr. Ho regarding all needs you have to support your success, for a mentor, navigating the College of Education or UCCS processes, connecting with other resources on campus, leadership development, potential student employment in the College of Education, to be interviewed for a course assignment, Student Affairs experience, internships, discuss degree and certificate programs, or just to connect.  


Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy -- UCCS
Dissertation: Effect of 2012 Federal Student Financial Aid Policy Changes on Colorado Public Higher Education Student Enrollment

M.A. Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) -- UCCS

B.A. Communication -- UCCS

A.S. emphasis in Biology/Chemistry -- PPCC

Presentations and Facilitated Trainings

Confronting Anti-Asian Stereotypes and Violence, Virtual Town Hall 2021

Culturally Inclusive Leadership, Careers in Student Affairs Conference 2020

Valuing Differences, UCCS Let’s Talk Teaching Faculty Resource 2018-2020

Supporting Diversity in Practice: Classroom Activities, UCCS New Faculty Orientation 2018

Culturally Responsive Teaching, Project Lead the Way Conference 2018

Intercultural Awareness Workshop for Faculty and Staff, UCCS Faculty Resource Center 2017

Problem-Solving and Resilience, Pikes Peak Community College 2015

Resume and Interviewing Skills, PPCC High School Programs 2012

Networking and Leadership, PPCC TRiO Student Support Conference 2012

Universal Design and Instruction Faculty Training Seminar, Pikes Peak Community College 2009-2012

ACCUPLACER preparation workshop, Pikes Peak Community College 2011-2012

Virtual Support: Students with Disabilities, National University Technology Network 2011

New Faculty Academy Orientation, Pikes Peak Community College 2011

Peer Mentor Group Facilitation, Educating Children of Color Conference 2010-2011

Retention: When and How, Pikes Peak Regional Symposium on Student Success 2010

Student Success and Retention, Colorado Community College System Student Success Summit 2010

Strategic Plan for Learning Commons, PPCC Leadership Council 2008

Colorado State Classified Supervisor Training, Personnel and Administration 2008

Retention and Success Strategies for Non-Traditional, Diverse Student Populations in Higher Education, Retention Colloquium 2007

Honors and Awards

CSBJ Women of Influence Award 2021

Pikes Peak Transformational Award (DEI Champion) 2021

UCCS College of Education, Outstanding Staff 2020-2021

UCCS College of Education LRF, Influential Educator 2020

UCCS College of Education, Outstanding Lecturer 2019-2020

Colorado Springs Mayor’s Young Leader Award finalist (education category) 2019 

UCCS Veteran and Military Affairs, Boots to Suits mentor 2019

UCCS College of Education LRF, Inspiration in Practice Award 2019 

CU President’s Diversity Award Commendation (staff category) 2019 

CU Staff Excellence Award nominee 2019 

UCCS Veteran and Military Affairs, Outstanding Enthusiasm and Support 2018

UCCS College of Education LRF, Outstanding Service in Student Affairs 2017 

State of Colorado Developmental Disability Council Dan B. Davidson Award 2012 

Colorado Springs 40 under 40 Rising Star 2012 

Delta Sigma Theta Honoree for Service in the Community 2012 

Colorado Springs Rising Professionals Volunteer of the Year 2009 

PPCC Outstanding Student Leadership Award 2006-2007 

Colorado Community College System Rising Star Award 2007 


Eastlake High School Board of Directors 

El Pomar Asian American Advisory Council member

University of Colorado System LGBTQ+ Faculty Committee

UCCS Gateway Program Seminar Advisory Board member

UCCS Career Development Alliance Steering Committee member

UCCS Ethics Committee member 

UCCS Student Success Division Internal Assessment Committee faculty representative

UCCS LAS Diversity Council member

UCCS Matrix Center Advisory Board member 

UCCS Women’s Student Association faculty advisor 

UCCS Faculty Pride Committee member 

UCCS Staff PRIDE (LGBTQ+) Committee member 

UCCS Faculty Minority Affairs Committee (FMAC) member 

UCCS Asian Pacific Islander Student Union faculty/staff mentor

Colorado Springs Rising Professionals member

Colorado Springs Young Professionals member

UCCS Student Media Advisory Board member (2018-2020)

Leadership Pikes Peak (LPP) Women's Community Leadership Initiative Alumna (2011)

El Paso County Department of Human Services Citizen Review Panel Vice President (2010-2013) 

El Paso County Department of Human Services Citizen Review Panel President (2013-2016) 

El Paso County Board of Commissioners Community Outreach Group (2015)

PPCC Higher Learning Commission Assessment Team mentor and member (2011-2013)

PPCC President’s Physical & Processes Task Force member (2007)

PPCC Developmental Education Redesign committee member (2010-2013)

PPCC Leadership Council & Foundation member (2006)

PPCC Violence Prevention Grant committee member (2012)

PPCC College Outcomes Assessment Team (COAT) member (2010-2013)

PPCC Student Orientation team member and presenter (2007-2013)

PPCC Black Student Union and Multicultural Student Union advisor (2007-2013)


University of Colorado Colorado Springs                                                                        2010-present

Instructor, Gateway Program Seminar (undergraduate) 

  • GPS (Gateway Program Seminar) 1010: Make it Stick
  • GPS 1010: Muggle Studies
  • GPS 1010: Sex and Sexuality
  • GPS 1010: Pathways to Success 
  • GPS 1010: Mountain Lion 360, Summer Bridge
  • GPS 1110: Academic Fitness

University of Colorado Colorado Springs                                                                       2021

Lecturer, Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations 

  • LEAD 4010: Internship in Higher Education

University of Colorado Colorado Springs                                                                       2017-present

Assistant Professor Attendant Rank, Department of Languages and Cultures (undergraduate)

  • FR 3230: Applied Conversation 
  • GER 3230: Applied Conversation
  • SPAN 3230 Applied Conversation
  • JPNS 9300: Independent Studies

University of Colorado Pre-Collegiate Development Program                                       2017-2020

  • Introduction to Research Methods (for rising seniors)
  • GPS 1110: Academic Fitness (for rising sophomores)
  • COMM 2100: Public Speaking (for seniors)

University of Colorado Colorado Springs, College of Education                                   2017-2020

Lecturer, Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations (graduate)

  • LEAD 5110: Culturally Responsive Practices in Higher Education

University of Colorado Colorado Springs, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences        2017-2020

Lecturer, Department of Communication (undergraduate)

  • COMM 2100: Public Speaking Recitation

Colorado State University-Pueblo/Pikes Peak Community College                                 2006-2008

Lecturer, TRiO Veterans Upward Bound (college preparation) 

  • College Prep Mathematics
  • College Prep General Sciences (Biology and Chemistry)



Carpenter, D. M., Primo, D. M., Tendetnik, P., & Ho, S. (2014, July). Disclosing Disclosure: Lessons from a “Failed” Field Experiment. In The Forum (Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 343-356). De Gruyter.