Dear is the Assistant Director for Gender & Sexuality at Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago, IL. Prior to her role at NEIU, Dear was a Diversity Education Specialist at Texas A&M University. She reinvigorated Aggies to Aggies (A2A), a peer-diversity education program, in response to a racial bias incident that took place on A&M campus in 2016. During her time, Dear established 5 standard diversity training workshops for A2A and the Department of Multicultural Services. Dear and A2A students conducted more than 140 diversity training sessions to the Texas A&M community. She was named a Fish Camp Namesake in 2018 #CampDear.
Dear has been working in Student Affairs since 2012 and is specialized in diversity training and education. In her current role, Dear coordinates the Social Justice Ally Initiative, a social justice training for faculty/staff and oversees Gender & Sexuality education and initiatives at NEIU.