Elevating Impact Stories: Sona Andrews
Leading up to the Elevating Impact Summit on June 21, we’ve invited event speakers and panelists to engage in a storytelling project. We believe that storytelling is an essential part of effective social innovation. How can we tell stories in a way that generates interest and creates connections? How can we listen to the stories of others with the empathy needed to achieve true understanding? We hope that by sharing stories of failure, transformation and success, you’ll learn more about our speakers and the promise and challenges of social innovation.
Sona Andrews answers the question, “What lessons has your work taught you?” with a reflection on privilege and power:
“Those of us that are in positions of authority within our organization are the ones who least need […] special treatment.”
Sona Karentz Andrews is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Portland State University. In that role she is the chief academic officer of the University. Working with deans and other administrators, the Provost collaborates with the campus and external communities to achieve the academic mission and vision of the University. Academic Affairs is the administrative home for all academic units and is responsible for the institutional academic mission, programming and policy implementation, support programs for academic personnel and students, and academic fiscal management.
Dr. Andrews completed her undergraduate degree in Geography from Worcester State College in Massachusetts and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University. She has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Boise State University, and now at Portland State University. She has held leadership positions in the Provost Office at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; was an American Council on Education Fellow; served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Boise State University; and most recently was the Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategies for the Oregon University System.
Sona will participate in a panel on “Education for Impact” at the Elevating Impact Summit on June 21.