Monique Sosa Allard
Assistant Provost for Student Engagement, Division of Student Affairs
Monique Sosa Allard, USC’s new assistant provost for Student Engagement in the Division of Student Affairs, already feels comfortable in her office in the Student Union — after all, it’s in the same building where she embarked on her career in higher education.
“I am happy to be home,” said Allard who started her career in Student Affairs as an immigration officer for the Office of International Services.
After earning her BA in social work from California State University, Los Angeles, Allard earned her MEd and EdD from the USC Rossier School of Education and served as the associate director of College Advising in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She then served as the director of student services for the College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles and as executive director of Student Support and Equity Programs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
During her time away from USC, Allard learned valuable lessons from her work in the public sector. “The challenge of working through change creates a laser-sharp focus on your purpose, your vision and what you value most. And at the end of the day, it’s all about the students,” she said.
With more than 15 years of experience in student support programs and services, Allard is ready to jump right into her new position overseeing a diverse range of Student Engagement departments including: Campus Activities, Student Governance, the Volunteer Center, Student Publications, the Student Center and Performance Venues, the Trojan Marching Band, Campus Recreation, Spirit and Traditions, and Greek Life. This diversity of student programming is exactly what drew Allard to Student Affairs.
“I love the energy of a college campus. Having the opportunity to learn something new every day — it is so exciting, so stimulating and really allows you to be a lifetime learner,” she said.
Allard has also served as an adjunct faculty member for USC Rossier, and draws on her many career experiences to prepare her for the future of higher education.
“Today’s students are today’s students. The past helps inform, but it’s so important to be connected to the now while trying to foresee what will happen in the next,” Allard explained.
What’s next for the new assistant provost? She looks forward to working closely with student leaders, reconnecting with old colleagues, forming new bonds and ultimately fostering the heritage of USC.
Allard admits that since she first donned cardinal and gold in 1998, “The campus has experienced a lot of change, and will continue to, but we call that legacy,” she said. “And it’s an honor and a privilege to contribute to such a legacy.”