My name is Jamie Piperato and I identify with feminine pronouns (i.e., her, her(s), and herself). I am an educator, social justice advocate, optimist, longboarder and an outdoorsy, granoli-type. I am most comfortable center stage in a crowded room wearing a bow-tie and I love encouraging others to step outside their comfort zone.
I have extensive experience working in higher education as a student affairs professional in the areas of multicultural education, LGBTQ services, leadership, career development, and residential living. My focus tends to revolve around helping others start their path towards multicultural competence, which is a term that originated in the 1980s in the counseling psychology literature and means, “the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways” (Pope, Reynolds, & Mueller, 2004, p. 13).
Currently, I am living in South Carolina with my partner, Sarah, who is completing her Ph.D. in Epidemiology (research in public health…I had no clue either). We have two puppies; a yorkie, Elle, and a puggle, Lily, and we enjoy being outdoors more than anything else, so much so that Sarah and I got married on top of Mount Marcy, the tallest peak in our native state, New York. Our best friend, Gracie, was amazing enough to take the climb as the multifaceted best mate who served as the ordained minister, photographer, ring barer, and flower girl (basically, we have awesome friends).
In 2014, I set out to start Jamie Piperato, LLC, a company that allows me to serve as a student affairs educator and consultant by providing various services such as webinars, online courses, workshops, and keynote addresses. My main objective is to educate students, faculty, and staff around topics of equity, inclusion and leadership in order to create environments that promote success.