Name: Erin Hays - Director of Undergraduate Admission
Phone: 800.322.2584, extension 6507 - or - 509.313.6507
Hometown: Whittier, California
Degree: M.A. Education & Secondary Education Teaching Credential - Stanford University
B.A. Sociology - University of California, Santa Cruz
Territories: California (select schools in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego), Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
Why are you in admissions at Gonzaga?
Almost my entire career has been in education because I believe strongly in its transformative power. Education changes our world, our communities, and individuals. At Gonzaga, the promises of a high-quality education are delivered, and I see students become better versions of themselves during their time here. I love that working in admissions at Gonzaga allows me to connect students with a four-year experience that will change their lives, and their communities, for the better. It is an amazing experience that fosters life-long learning, a passion for social justice, and a network of friends who will be like family.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
I love walking into College Hall every morning. It’s a beautiful building that holds a tremendous amount of Gonzaga history. It’s also a place of community, where I run into students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
What is your favorite thing to do in Spokane?
The balance of city life with outdoor recreation is what draws me to Spokane. A favorite activity involves walking along the river into downtown Spokane and beyond, to Riverside State Park. I would follow that up with a visit to the Kendall Yards neighborhood. There are some fantastic new restaurants there, and they have beautiful views of the river and downtown Spokane.
What is one piece of advice you have for prospective students?
This is Gonzaga-specific, but if you are interested in GU then please connect with us! The more we know about you, the better we can educate you on opportunities and programs that match your interests. We are happy to get to know you at high schools, college fairs, on our campus, over the phone or email, and even Skype!