Vayta Smith
Position
Director, Admissions and Enrollment Services
Office
Plover Hall, Admissions and Records
Hello, students! I have been the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) since 2014, and it has been my pleasure helping students and their families access higher education.  I came to the United States from Laos when I was seven years old and enjoyed learning English and making new friends from different cultures.  I first attended and worked as a student assistant at SRJC in the 90’s and transferred to Sonoma State University (SSU) upon graduating with my associate’s degree. I began my professional career at SSU as I studied sociology and multicultural education, earning two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree. As the first to attend college in my family, I have felt great satisfaction in helping to ensure that educational opportunities have been, and continue to be provided and made accessible to all who wish to learn.
 
I am the proud mother of four wonderful children (Savahna, Josef, Stella, and Chazz) and have been married for 20+ years to my husband David, an emergency department nurse working here in Santa Rosa. My personal passion is anything to do with food! I love to cook unique foods from around the world and have traveled to many places to eat and meet wonderful people from different cultures. I look forward to meeting you and helping you be successful at SRJC.