With passion and zeal, Abigail Dalmau has committed herself to ensuring access to meaningful educational opportunities for all. Prior to her acceptance to the National Urban Fellows Class of 2014, she spent nearly six years working at New Jersey City University (NJCU), New Jersey’s only public four-year Hispanic-serving institution. While there, she served in positions of increasing responsibility focusing on recruitment and retention while always supporting NJCU’s mission to provide a quality education to a diverse population. She is also a proud alumna of NJCU, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology and was inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
Before joining the NJCU team, Abigail graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Literature-Writing. While at Columbia, she was a peer mentor and worked in the School of General Studies’ Academic Retention Center. She also served as Orientation Coordinator, helping to spearhead the first School of General Studies Extended Orientation Week, a week of social and informational events for more than 200 new students.
Prior to her work in education, Abigail spent nearly five years in publishing, as an editor for a greeting card company. Even in this role, she found a way to foster her love of teaching and learning. She led training sessions for new employees and supervised a staff of up to 30 temporary employees, while also managing her primary responsibilities of proofreading and editing a high volume of documents for accuracy and consistency.
Abigail has volunteered her time to a number of causes in which she believes. She has worked as a language and civics tutor to English language learners en route to becoming United States citizens. Additionally, she participated in a selective, interdisciplinary, program designed to engage the community in environmental initiatives. This experience sparked a life-long passion for animal protection, environmental sustainability, and food equity issues which she embodies through her work with various organizations and her dedication to veganism.
As a National Urban Fellow, Abigail hopes to continue her charge as a champion for multifaceted social justice. In addition to further fostering educational equity, she hopes to extend her personal and professional mission to include work ensuring access to health care, food security, adequate housing, personal safety, income security, and comprehensive social protections for those who may otherwise go without.