Sonia Rucker has served as the Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator for Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) since April 2015 and Dean of Students since October 2017. On September 1, 2020, Rucker was named Vice-President for Equity, Access, and Behavioral Health. This is Rucker’s second tenure with SEMO. She began her career in higher education administration at SEMO in 1999 working first in the TRIO/Student Support Services Program and later as the Assistant Director of the Learning Enrichment Center. Rucker also served as a member of the Crisis Response Team at SEMO from 1999-2003. From 2003-2012, Rucker worked at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She served as a University-wide crisis manager for the dean of student’s office, associate director of diversity and inclusion with the Johnson Graduate School of Management, program manager for the ILR Graduate Programs Office, and associate director of counseling and community outreach with the Office of Minority Educational Affairs. Prior to working in higher education, Rucker served as a career consultant with The Full Employment Council of Kansas City and as both a statewide intake specialist and a child protective services investigator with The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services in Austin, Texas. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Honorable Young Men Club and the United Way of Southeast Missouri. She is a member of the National and Missouri Chapters of National Diversity Officers in Higher Education; the Chief Academic Officers of Missouri; the MDHEWD’s Equity Advisory Committee; the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, and the Association of Title IX Administrators. Rucker is a Southeast Missouri native. She holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Texas A&M University-Central Texas and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Central Missouri.