Angela Rola is the founding Director of the Asian American Cultural Center (AsACC) at the University of Connecticut, which will celebrate its 25th year in April 2018. She has developed a variety of programs focusing on the diverse Asian American community. Angela has developed two mentoring programs, Asiantation Mentoring Program– a program for entering Asian American UConn students and K.U.B.E. (Kids & UConn Bridging Education) - a community-based program for middle school students in the Killingly and Windham Public Schools. In addition to directing the center, she is an Adjunct Lecturer for the UConn Asian & Asian American Studies Institute teaching a course on Asian American mentoring and leadership. She lectures extensively in both undergraduate and graduate courses on campus and at local colleges and universities.
Angela is also a diversity trainer for state mandated training on diversity and sexual harassment prevention. She also develops site appropriate training programs for profit, non-profit businesses and educational institutions on issues of diversity, implicit bias, cultural competence, and creating inclusive environments.
Within the state of Connecticut Angela is one of the commissioners for the Commission on Equity & Opportunity (CEO) established by the General Assembly. She was appointed to represent the concerns of the Asian American community in the state.
Angela has received many awards both on campus and throughout the state. The CT Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) named her as one of the October 2010 recipients of the "One Woman Makes a Difference" award honoring women who have personally and professionally made a difference in the lives of women and girls in Connecticut. In 2015, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) awarded her the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award from the Asian/Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) Knowledge Community.
A proud UConn Alumna her undergraduate work was in Economics and Sociology and her graduate work in Educational Studies. Before working in Higher Education, Angela worked in both the corporate and non-profit worlds as a Human Resources specialist in New York, California, and Alaska.