Shona Milazo

Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Academic Services

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Areas of Interest

  • Academic Coaching/Support:
  • Undeclared/Exploratory Students
  • First-Year Students (Committee member of First-Year and Students in Transition Seminar Program, College of Arts and Sciences)
  • First Generation College Students
  • Students "at risk", students in crisis and students on academic probation
  • Students taking and/or returning from a Leave of Absence
  • Students managing mental health issues and/or other disabilities
  • High-achieving students, (e.g. University Scholars, honors students)

Year Started at USF: 1998
Hometown: Hamilton, NY (that's in central NY, near Syracuse)


  • BA, World Literature and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • MA, Counseling Psychology, (with Pupil Personnel Services Credential), University of San Francisco
  • Core Strengths Coaching Certificate, San Francisco State University, Extended Learning

Professional Memberships

  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

Fun facts

  • I love being an Auntie to my niece and two nephews.
  • I had no idea what my "career" would be when I was an undergraduate student, but I studied what I loved, (literature and different cultures). My life experiences after I graduated college, and went back to school for my Master's degree, led me to this current job, and a career that I love!
  • I went to a public school that was K-12th grade and there were less than 50 students total in my class, (we started kindergarten together and graduated together).
  • I love quotes! "Yes is a world and in this world of yes live all worlds" - E.E. Cummings
  • I am a fan of design blogs, life coaching blogs and crafty blogs.
  • I go to Fusion Rhythms dance class at Rhythm and Motion/ODC dance studio as many times a week as I can, and I believe in yoga and meditation for my health and well-being, and try to practice both regularly.
  • My guilty pleasures are Fran's chocolate and sea salt caramels, (perfection!), watching Fashion Police on E!, thrift store shopping, and reading magazines.
  • I keep an on-going list of restaurants, websites and things to check-out in the bay area.
  • I love music and have kept almost all of my concert tickets from shows over the years.
  • Call me nerdy, but I love organizing and organizational tools, (pens, folders, clips, extra-sticky stickies, calendars, pretty notebooks). My latest favorite organizational app is Trello.
  • My Myers-Briggs type is INFJ "Intuitive Feeler".
  • My Strong Interest Inventory type is A.S.I. (Artistic, Social, Investigative), (yes, I like doing assessments), and my top 5 "signature strengths" are: (1) appreciation of beauty and excellence, (2) gratitude,(3) fairness, (4) capacity to love and be loved, and (5) curiosity, (ask me more about positive psychology assessments!).

Contact me

  • Email: Shona Milazo (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)
  • Phone: (415) 422-6113