Paulette Dalpes is the deputy to the vice chancellor for student affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY), which serves more than 270,000 degree-seeking students at 24 institutions in New York City—including 7 community colleges. Dr. Dalpes has over 15 years of experience working at community colleges including in the role of the Chief Student Affairs Officer at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. In this capacity, she was instrumental in advancing the development of offices critical to student success including Counseling, Student Life, Athletics, Access Ability Services, Veteran’s Affairs and Student Conduct. Dr. Dalpes also worked at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts, as the director of academic support. Dalpes currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as the director of the Community College Division. She has also served as faculty for several senior leadership institutes in NASPA. Her 27-year career in student affairs includes facilitating federally funded TRiO grant programs, training and development on issues of diversity and inclusion, and work in residential life at large universities. Dalpes attended Colorado State University as a first-generation college student, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in college student personnel administration. She earned her doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts. She has an abiding respect for and commitment to community colleges and the mission of educational access especially for students who are low-income and first-generation to college.