You know the saying…when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. For Interim Associate Dean of Communications and Behavioral Sciences Mia Hardy, life is as sweet as you make it. “I am one of those people who will find a silver lining in every cloud,” she said. “Nobody said life would be easy, but I choose to respond to any adversity from the perspective of positivity.”
In her position at the college, Hardy radiates positivity while supporting faculty members in their pursuits to serve ECC students well. She also provides support to Rick Mao, dean of the division, as he plans for the division’s priorities in alignment with the college’s strategic plan.
In her former role as associate dean of college transitions and developmental education, Hardy positively impacted the lives and trajectories of hundreds of middle school, high school, and college students through Talent Search and the Transition Academy mentorship programs, and the college’s dual credit program that gives high school students the opportunity to earn college credit.
We caught up with Hardy to learn more about her life and her work at ECC. Here is what she had to say.
What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?
I would have a huge gathering for all faculty and staff and their families/significant others that allows us to get to know each other on a more personal level.
If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
What’s on your “bucket list?”
Visiting all 50 states.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love spending quality time with my family, as well as trying new things such as canoeing. I also enjoy reading and trying new cuisine.
Where would you like to visit?
I would love to visit Ghana.
What’s surprising fact we should know about you?
Well, an interesting fact is that I have been in several plays. I love to act.
What’s something about your job that others should know?
In this role, I get to be a student every day because I have so many faculty members and colleagues who teach me things purposefully or inadvertently.
What would be your “theme song?”
“I’m Every Woman,” by Chaka Khan. Having a career and being a wife, mother, friend, etc., and trying to navigate each role well always makes me think of this song.
What was your favorite class in school?
What was your first job out of school?
I was an international admissions counselor for a college.
Complete this sentence: “I enjoy working at ECC because…”
I love the mission, and I feel that ECC does a great job taking students from where they are to where they strive to be.