Vida Renaud, 2012
- Staff Assistant, Global Education & Affairs
- DSC employee since 2004
Career/Professional Honors: High School Graduate, some non-credit college courses, hairdressers license, CEA Employee of the Spring 2012 Semester
Outside interests: I am an avid reader. (FBI suspense thrillers; Catherine Coulter is my favorite author.) I also enjoy fishing and spending time outdoors. Love to ride on the back of a motorcycle.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I worked in the procurement department at an international communications company, also at a women’s clothing manufacturer, then for a brokerage firm in New York City for 10 years. I also was a hairdresser.
What projects are you working on right now? Our office is working to internationalize the college through the development of study abroad programs and working with faculty to internationalize their curriculum. We also are seeking grant opportunities that will support global education activities at the college.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? I have truly enjoyed working with international students. It has given me the chance to be a mother to these students. I love to hear them call me “mom or Mama Vida.”
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I hope to be able to bring the Community College Initiative program (CCI) back to our campus.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I love Masterpiece Theater and BBC movies. I’m also a grandmother of a 25-year-young woman and about to become a great grandmother. Phew!
Last book read: Backfire, by Catherine Coulter
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Compassionate.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: My 2 sons, (Poet) Pablo Neruda and (former New York congresswoman and co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus) Bella Abzug, who once said, “We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room.”