Diep Luu named inaugural director of Institute Advising Center

Diep Luu will be the inaugural director of the new Institute Advising Center and associate dean in the Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVC) beginning Jan. 1, 2023, according to an Oct. 24 email from Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz. 

As director of the advising center, Luu will “provide strategic direction, planning, and management in the launch of the Institute Advising Center,” Waitz wrote.

The new advising center will include the Office of the First Year currently under the OVC in addition to providing “broader input on all aspects of advising and mentoring” for undergraduate students. Its goal is to ensure that all undergraduates are given “the ‘whole student’ experience” while at MIT and are “well supported, both academically and personally.”

According to Waitz’s email, Luu has 15 years of experience in student advising and mentoring. Luu currently serves as director of student advising and success at Babson College and was previously director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center at Lesley University.

Waitz wrote that Luu is “a first-generation college graduate from a low-income background” with “a passion for promoting undergraduate student success” and a commitment “to promoting a diverse and inclusive community.”

Luu’s research background includes college access and student success among students from refugee backgrounds and minoritized students in higher education.

Luu received his bachelor’s in psychology at the University of California, Davis before earning a master’s in higher education and student affairs at the University of Connecticut and completing his PhD in educational policy and leadership in higher education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.