Just a few years ago María Del Carmen Flores-Mills wasn’t familiar with Queens University of Charlotte. Now she is frequently seen on campus, fully immersing herself in the community and extremely “excited and incredibly enthusiastic about getting the word out about Queens.”
Queens University named Flores-Mills the vice president of student engagement and dean of students on August 12, 2019.
Originally from northwest Ohio, Flores-Mills graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Spanish and Education and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. With over 20 years of experience working in higher education, words cannot describe how truly unique and committed Flores-Mills is to the Queens community.
“I’m very committed to being authentic in my work. I’m very invested in being transparent and facilitating lots of communication. I consider being a developer a definite part of my leadership style; I like to see where people are, see where they’d like to go, and be a mentor to both students and staff,” said Flores-Mills.
With previous positions at Princeton University, DePauw University, Franklin and Marshall College, and Colgate College, Flores-Mills has well-rounded experience; diversity and inclusion programs, residence life, student engagement programs, and Greek life are only a few of the many programs she has been involved in.
“The areas of responsibility resonated with me because they circled back to my roots in diversity equity and inclusion work,” said Flores-Mills. “I was working closely with Cultural Centers, LGBTQ+ initiatives, student activities, wellnesses, spiritual life, and fraternity and sorority life.”
Her first task was to navigate her first year at Queens University of Charlotte in order to lay the foundation and begin implementing her plans for the future. She is halfway there.
“I’m trying to get to know people, understand Queens’ culture, and hopefully identify areas where I can be helpful… [as well as] getting to know the staff and understanding what they do so that I can be of help to them too,” said Flores-Mills.
With years of experience and outstanding contributions, both staff and students can look forward to the incredible work of Flores-Mills during her first year at Queens as well as the path she’ll lay for the future of the university.