Vidalino Raatior, Ed.D

TitleDirector, SEMILLA Project
DivisionStudent Success
DepartmentEducational Opportunity Program
Web Site Raatior Ventures
Personal Reflections
Educational Consulting
Social Enterprises
OfficeHSI Initiative Bungalow at Cowell (near The Cove)
Campus Mail StopHSI
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Vidalino Raatior, Ed.D

Research Interests

  • Strength-based student support services for historically underrepresented minority students

  • Positive Deviance framework for community and school engagement

  • Pacific focused educational initiatives particularly for the Micronesian diaspora

  • First generation college student support

  • Indigenous educational framework

Biography, Education and Training

Originally from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Vid lives in Soquel with his wife Desha who works at Cabrillo College and their two children, Keala and Keoni. As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, Vid attributes his success to competent, compassionate, and conscientious mentors who cared, encouraged, challenged, and supported him throughout his educational career. He looks forward to building new and deepening existing partnerships with faculty and staff at UCSC to impact the success of low income and Latino students in the STEM fields.

Vid earned a BA in Communications from the University of Guam, MA in School Administration from University of San Franscisco, and Ed.D from the College of Education at the University of HawaiĘ»i at Manoa. His dissertation research focused on strength-based approach to student support services in higher education.  For more information, visit


Honors, Awards and Grants

  •  Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society

Teaching Interests

  • STEM career development

  • College success

  • Education