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Ardi Samonte, MA

Ardi Samonte.

Associate Director of Admissions

Admissions & Student Affairs

Minor Hall
School of Optometry & Vision Science
Berkeley, CA. 94720-2020



Ardi (he/him/his) is a student affairs and higher education professional passionate about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion through advancing communities forward with sustainable and systems practices. Ardi will be serving as the Associate Director of Admissions for the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science. He is passionate about recruitment best practices and helping students find their next step in their professional career.

He has received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication & Master’s Degree in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California. Prior to working at the School of Optometry & Vision Science, he has experience in Enrollment Services, Student Success, Career & Professional Services, Fine Arts, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, & Leadership. He most recently served as the Assistant Director of Career Development – Fine Arts & Humanities at California College of the Arts.

Ardi seeks to continue to recruit with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion best practices. He is passionate about Values & Leadership Theory and Systems Organization. He is always looking for ways to get accurate quantitative and qualitative data that can provide authentic insight into the student experience so that he can improve upon the institution’s admissions and recruitment strategies as a whole.

Ardi currently lives in Vallejo, CA and spends most of his freetime at the gym – lifting weights or at Orange Theory. He also is a DJ – you can catch him spinning all over the West Coast for public and private events.

Major Areas of Responsibility: incoming class recruitment (OD/VS), admission committee liaison (OD/VS), admission related data, pre-optometry organizations, maintenance of application system(s), Envision Days, Berkeley Optometry Ambassadors (BOAs) program.