Belinda Higgs Hyppolite

Belinda Higgs Hyppolite
Assistance Vice President, Community Support, Student Development and Enrollment Services Division, University of Central Florida

Assistant Vice President (AVP) Belinda Higgs Hyppolite has worked as a professional in Higher Education for 20+ years, serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities. Mrs. Hyppolite started in Student Affairs working on retention efforts for at-risk students and working with the residential student within Housing and Residential Life. Mrs. Hyppolite has supported and advocated for a number of student populations such as fraternity and sorority students, multicultural, low-income, first-generation, foster care, religious and non-religious, DACA/TPS, and Undocumented students. Mrs. Hyppolite has worked in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Greek Life, and Multicultural Affairs and has and continues to support and confront social justice issues plaguing student success. 

Mrs. Hyppolite is an Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services at the University of Central Florida and has been a member of the UCF Family since 2004.  Mrs. Hyppolite provides support to the functional area of Student Engagement and Leadership Development (SELD), but directly supports Religion and Non-Religious Services, Social Justice and Advocacy Department, and the Multicultural Academic Support Services Departments. Belinda serves as the Divisional Diversity and Inclusion liaison and provides leadership to the University Bias Incidents Team and Dream US Scholars program. Mrs. Hyppolite has served as an adjunct professor for the Burnett Honors College since fall 2014 to fall 2018, and facilitates leadership, diversity and inclusion, and oppression reduction workshops. She has presented at numerous local, regional, and national conferences on various topics. Mrs. Hyppolite passions are advocating for the voiceless through Diversity Education and Oppression Reduction work. She considers herself a Social Justice Advocate and Educator. AVP Hyppolite believes access to education is a right not a privilege

AVP Hyppolite is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she has served in the capacity of Treasure and Chaired the Social Action Committee to the Brevard County Alumnae Chapter. This organizations focus is providing community service and education to the local community.  She is also a member of the Florida Diversity Council, which is a community group that fosters a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. She is active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) regionally and nationally. Mrs. Hyppolite is currently a United Way Campaign Cabinet Member and has held this volunteer role since the fall of 2011.  She participates in the annual 5k walk benefiting the American Heart Association, and is an active volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Association.  

Mrs. Hyppolite is the wife to her amazing husband James Williams Hyppolite and proud mother to a very active Zahara Boston, and two bonus children Brandon Hyppolite and Sarah Hyppolite. Mrs. Hyppolite holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Speech Pathology, and two Master’s degrees in Counseling Education and Human Resources. Mrs. Hyppolite is currently ABD on a Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Professional Leadership, Transformation, and Inquiry from Concordia University-Portland. One of her new favorite quotes by Michelle Obama is “There is no magic to achievement. It is really about hard work, choices, and persistence.”

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