Roy Y. Chan
Roy Y. Chan serves as the Special Projects Coordinator in the IU 21st Century Scholars Program at Indiana University Bloomington. In this role, he leads the strategy, development, and implementation of the program's communications and advocacy work for current Scholars within the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), and assists with philanthropic and external partnerships through the IU Community & School Partnerships (CSP) and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE). Prior to joining our department, Roy served as Office Services Assistant in the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University Bloomington and was previously Adjunct Instructor for the Spring 2016 course EDUC-U 212 Current Issues in Undergraduate Life: Global Citizenship and Study Abroad in the IU School of Education.
Originally from Long Beach, California, Roy has had over 10 years of nonprofit management experience, receiving recognition for his turnaround tactics that have led teams to high-performance results. In January 2017, Roy was one of the first IU staff members to spearhead the design, creation, and implementation of our weekly e-newsletters via IU Salesforce that has garnered university-wide attention across the Indiana University system. In addition, Roy was one of first IU OVPDEMA staff to establish and launch our official IU 21st Century Scholars Program website via IU Web Content Management System (WCMS) of which has gained praise from policymakers and community-based organizations, receiving well over 50,000+ unique visitors worldwide. Additionally, Roy has played an incalculable role in the reduction of college student departure rates, with more than 300 Scholars getting off academic probationary status (i.e., 1.99 GPA or below) following their probation semester between 2016 and 2018 at Indiana University Bloomington. Not to mention, Roy has cultivated new partnerships via the IU 21st Century Scholars Program social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), increasing the number of followers on all channels by more than 150% (e.g., 250+ new followers on Twitter).
Along with his leadership skills, Roy is committed to advancing equity, inclusiveness, and social change in higher education. He is an advocate for the establishment of need-based college promise programs. His scholarship focuses on the evaluation of college persistence and completion, particularly in areas of financial aid designed to increase persistence and degree attainment rates for populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Roy is the co-editor of The Future of Accessibility in International Higher Education (IGI Global, 2017) and co-author of Higher Education: A
Roy is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Studies with a Certificate in Institutional Research at Indiana University Bloomington along with a Ph.D. minor in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). He earned an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, an M.Ed. in International Education from The University of Hong Kong, and a B.A. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine.
During his free time, Roy enjoys traveling to new places, spontaneous adventures, discovering new music, and spending time with friends. He is an active member of Redeemer Community Church and is passionate about helping lead others to further experience God.