Maria Oquendo

Maria L. Oquendo was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in Brooklyn from the age of 4 years old, she received her bachelor degree in Human Resources/Education from Barnard Baruch College in New York and a Master’s degree in Management Science from College of St. Elizabeth in Parsippany New Jersey.  Maria started her career at Roosevelt Savings Bank in Brooklyn New York as an Assistant Manager.   While working there for 10 years, her branch was nominated for the highest life insurance sales. She was also recognized for her community service efforts with the local high schools in the area.

From 1996 to 2005, Maria worked with INROADS New York/ New Jersey as a Recruitment and Client Services Manager.  She created area wide recruitment plans to develop strategic relationships with local colleges, universities, community programs and key figures in New York and New Jersey.  She also provided career development training to corporate clients and students.

She is currently the Assistant Director at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she manages the Junior Cohort.  She is on various committees on campus such as the Share Governance, 2020 Vision (Retention and Persistent), Academic Advising, Staff Counsel (Human Resources Committee), and the Chair of the Diversity.  In addition, she has served on the EOFPANJ Board for several years; she is currently the SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) staff adviser and is the current Regional Chair of NAMEPA (National Association of Multicultural Engineering Programs Advocates)


My Sessions

When Concerns Arise: Supporting Students’ Mental Health the Importance of the Advisors Role to Maintain and Retain

Latham Ballroom F

Ever wondered about mental health red flags?  This workshop will give a general overview of common mental health concerns that college students may exhibit during academic counseling sessions or changes may be noticed by their professors and directed to their advisors.  Participants will explore the benefits of supporting and assisting students in seeking help or […]

Graduate School