Photo of Angela Hoffman smiling in an office.

From Foster Youth to

Foster Scholar

Angela is an advocate, educator, and scholar. Aging out of foster care fueled her determination and her life's work supporting youth with experience in foster care in their pursuit of education. Angela has experience working in a number of higher education settings including: campus housing, critical incidents and case  management, admissions, orientation, and student success initiatives. In these roles, Angela worked with campus-based support programs for students with experience in foster care and developed a number of student-centered programs and resources. She has presented on promising practices at a number of regional and national conferences and has led several youth empowerment workshops.


As a scholar-practitioner, Angela positions her research as a form of advocacy and partners with youth with experience in foster care. Her master's thesis is titled From Foster Care to College: The Role of Student Affairs Practitioners in Addressing the Challenges Foster Youth Face in Accessing Higher Education. She has continued her studies and is a third year doctoral student in the Higher Education Leadership PhD Program at Colorado State University, focusing her research on the identity development of students with experience in foster care. 


Currently, Angela serves as the Director of Professional Development at ACPA - College Student Educators International, coordinating over 10 annual professional development institutes for higher education practitioners, and the ACPA Annual Convention for over 2,000 attendees. Angela also teaches a class as an adjunct instructor at Michigan Technological University on human-centered design thinking and is an Honors Pathway Advisor for the Pavlis Honors College. Angela loves learning, adventuring, crafting, and spending her free time with her partner and three dogs, Kirby, Elsa, and Powder.