Linda Lara is of Haitian descent. She is a sibling of 7 children and spent her earlier years of education in a Catholic school from grades K -12. She earned two degrees from FIU: B.A. in Psychology, and M.S. in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs in 2007. She currently serves as an Assistant Director, of Academic Support Services for the School of Communication + Journalism (SCJ), Office of the Dean, College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. She began her career in academic advising at Miami-Dade College. She later transitioned to FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2008 as an Academic Advisor and was later promoted to Assistant Director of Advising Services at the Biscayne Bay Campus in 2010.
Linda has over 15 years of Academic Advising experience. She leads the advising team for SCJ at the Biscayne Bay Campus and provides support services to the Dean’s Office. In 2016, she was recognized by her peers and received the Significant Impact on Advising Community and Advising Partner Award. She is an optimistic, well-rounded, compassionate, and versatile leader. She also enjoys mentoring, teaching, and leading a group of like-minded individuals who are innovative, and proactive with achieving results. She is a strong advocate for social justice and civil rights, gender equality, economic empowerment, education, and the environment.