Mayra E. Santiago

Mayra E. Santiago

OAAE Director and EOP Fiscal Officer
Office of Access and Academic Enrichment (OAAE)
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)


University Library, Room 70A (LI 70A)
Mayra Santiago, OAAE Director

Ms. Mayra E. Santiago is the Director of the Office of Access and Academic Enrichment (OAAE) and Fiscal Officer for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University and her master’s degree in public administration from UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and is currently pursing her doctoral degree in information science at UAlbany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber Security (CEHC).

As Director, she assists with the administration of the OAAE and provides academic support services to its various on-campus and satellite programs that serve low-income, first-generation, and/or students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and historically underrepresented students.

Ms. Santiago has six years of teaching experience and is currently teaching the University’s UUNI 100, a three-credit freshman year experience course, and UUNI 397, an independent research course. She has broad financial experience in the private and public sectors, as well as years of experience helping underrepresented individuals successfully plan, develop, and start businesses.

Within OAAE, she oversees the daily operations of the following programs: 

  • Student Support Services Program (SSS), known on campus as Project Excel 
  • Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)  
  • Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) 

She is also a principal investigator for the Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and the Science Technology Entry Program (STEP). In addition, she oversees the federal Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Program (LSAMP) and the collaboration of services with the Albany City School District and their Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program.

Ms. Santiago also oversees a committed team of coordinators, associate project directors, administrative staff, support staff and student staff.

Areas of Expertise: Academic Advisement, Stem & Licensed Professions, Grants & Finance, Career Counseling, Business Development, Economic Development, Financial Planning & Forecasting, Mentoring and Personal Growth Development.