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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Authenticity, Assumptions, and Fit

Athlete. Student. Mom. Engineer. Administrator. Breast Cancer Survivor. Friend. Problem-Solver. CSU, Chico Provost for Academic Affairs Deb Larson carries these identities with her, and explores the assumptions that are made about us based upon the traits and roles with which we identify ourselves, and the ramifications that these assumptions can bring with them.

Dr. Larson shares how others’ assumptions affected her at critical times in her life and development, and how she reacted then and now. Though others’ perceptions and assumptions about Dr. Larson affected her childhood, her education, and her career, the message that she gives to her audience is clear: Be cognizant of others’ assumptions, but do not let them stand in your way. Focus your energy on living your true life and pursuing your true, authentic self.

Recorded: February 15, 2019 at the "Women Like You" Leadership Symposium(opens in new window)