Published June 28, 2022
Student Life is pleased to announce two staff members have been recognized as 2022 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service recipients.
The Chancellor’s Awards acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Twenty faculty and staff members have been named recipients of the 2022 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence; of those two are from the division of Student Life:
A UB staff member for more than 20 years, Meegan Hunt has held a variety of positions within Campus Living, working on behalf of the health, safety and development of residential students. These include as residence hall director, complex director, assistant director for residential operations and assistant director for university apartments; she assumed her current position as associate director for residential life in 2015.
Hunt manages an operating budget of more than $700,000 and assists with the development of additional budgets of $3.6 million. She is responsible for supervising, training and evaluating numerous staff, including four assistant directors, one complex coordinator, 13 full-time complex/hall directors, nine office managers, 15 part-time assistant complex/hall directors, 42 community assistants and 175 resident advisers.
During the pandemic, Hunt has been integral to implementing SUNY guidelines to protect students’ health while ensuring their continued educational excellence. She coordinated the move-out process for approximately 6,500 students during the spring of 2020. Moreover, she has been actively involved in numerous campus committees related to COVID-19.
Dedicated to cultivating an environment of inclusion among staff and students, Hunt has served on the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Council, established and chaired the Campus Living Residential Life Social Justice and Inclusion Committee, and chaired the Staff Experiences Subcommittee of the Student Life Social Justice Advisory Group.
She also has worked collaboratively with the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion on the development of Community Chats and the Difficult Conversation (DIFCON) series, which addresses difficult — and often uncomfortable — topics of importance to the UB community.
Since joining UB in 2007, Anna Sotelo-Peryea, an advanced-level nationally credentialed advocate, has been working to cultivate and create a campus culture that promotes healthy, equitable relationships and eliminates sexual violence.
As violence prevention program coordinator and associate director of health promotion for Student Life, Sotelo-Peryea is responsible for developing and implementing programs and strategies to reduce sexual and relationship violence, and cultivate student skills for healthier interactions.
Shortly after joining the university, she instituted a campuswide needs assessment to evaluate the prevalence, impact, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of students, faculty and staff regarding sexual violence; she also assessed existing services, programs and resources. She then designed and oversaw implementation of UB’s Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Program, which earned her the Professional Staff Senate’s Outstanding Service Award in 2015 and the Campus Prevention Network’s National Prevention Excellence Award in 2017.
Sotelo-Peryea is founding chair of the Violence Prevention Team, an interdisciplinary team of campus and community stakeholders that examines trends, works to mitigate harm, addresses state and federal mandates, and provides professional training for faculty and staff. She also co-founded and serves as one of four co-chairs of the Western New York Higher Education Consortium’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Compliance.
Sotelo-Peryea has been formally recognized as “A Friend and Supporter of the Students of the State University of New York” by the SUNY Student Assembly. She also was awarded a letter of commendation from the U.S. Navy in 2019 for her work in the SUNY/Navy collaboration to address sexual assault and sexual harassment, and received the 2017 Students’ Choice Award from UB’s undergraduate Student Association.