Extensive experience in developing, implementing, and promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives and strategies to strengthen the rapport and effectiveness of working groups. Focus areas include cultural competency, recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations, assessment of staff and services, as well as diversity education and strategic planning.
Loyola University MarylandBaltimore, MDAssociate Director09/2014 to Current
Facilitate diversity training sessions for various departments and student organizations with the goal of helping groups implement spaces for continued dialogue, and to improve strategies on how diversity and inclusion issues are addressed within their respective areas.
Work collectively with the department's director to provide retention and outreach support to students of underrepresented groups that includes individual academic and social consultation, and developing programming to address the needs of the various cohorts.
Partner with various departments and committees within the organization to analyze and strategically plan initiatives to address areas of improvement for programs and initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion. Submit recommendations to senior-level administrators and the president's council.
Supervision of the Assistant Director and Graduate Assistants of ALANA Services. Assess the development of each staff member to develop a performance plan that meets the department's goals and objectives, as well as their professional needs.
Implement professional development opportunities for the department, and continuously research best practices and strategies to improve the productivity and efficiency of the office.
Co-coordinator of the Ignatius Scholars Program that provides transitional support to first year students, particularly students identified as academically "at risk". Develop and implement a structured and comprehensive schedule that is tailored to address participants' academic and personal needs that ensures a successful transition to their collegiate experience. The program has resulted in an overall 85% retention rate.
Manage annual departmental budget of approximately $60,000, as well as the Ignatius Scholars Program budget of $55,000.
Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity Center, MIAssistant Director08/2009 to 09/2014
Developed and implemented retention-based programming for over 300 students in targeted cohorts aligned to the Office of Multicultural Services to connect and engage them in university and departmental initiatives that led to a 75% retention rate of multicultural students.
Created effective marketing strategies to promote campus programming that involves various communication strategies such as newsletters, website updates, advertisements and social media.
Recruited and coordinated leadership development opportunities for staff and students.
Developed and facilitated on-boarding training for new staff members, as well created diversity training modules for various departments and community organizations.
Researched best practices in retention and student development to develop needs assessment and evaluation strategies to gage interest and the level of need in existing initiatives.
Assisted with orientation programs for first year, transfer and international students and provided guidance to new advisors and orientation leaders.
Partnered with various university departments to collaborate on the development of programs to capture record attendance from campus and surrounding communities.
Worked extensively with the university's Conference and Events office in the preparation and final stages of event logistics.
Supervised student workers and office staff and ensured staff goals and objectives were met.
Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity Center, MIGEAR UP Program Coordinator09/2006 to 08/2009
Managed the daily operations of a grant funded program that provided early college access to area middle and high school students of underrepresented populations.
Responsibilities included developing post-secondary education preparation workshops, coordinating campus visits for students, recruiting and training GEAR UP volunteers to work with program participants, and managing an annual grant budget of approximately $25,000.
Promoted the program to schools and the surrounding communities through effective outreach initiatives including monthly newsletters, community meetings, and having a consistent presence at school conferences and similar events.
Ensured the success of the program through accurate record keeping and data collection of participants' progress via attendance records, test scores, and transcripts.
Submitted quarterly reports to the State of Michigan, and ensured successful completion of the annual performance report.
University of Michigan Health SystemAnn Arbor, MIFinancial Associate05/2004 to 06/2006
Reconciled departmental project grants and hospital department ID's.
Reviewed transactions and expenditures for correct classification under standard accounting guidelines.
Initiated corrective action through journal entries.
Researched university or hospital financial systems issues.
Maintained project grant, gifts, grants, and endowment financial files.
Assisted in the preparation of annual medical school and hospital budgets, as well as departmental monthly financial reports.
Master of Arts:Public AdministrationAugust 2009Saginaw Valley State University
Bachelor of Science:CommunicationDecember 2003Eastern Michigan University
Loyola University Women of Color Conference, Co-Chair
Washington Regional Task Force Against Campus Prejudice, Corresponding Secretary
Loyola Racial Justice Working Group
Conversations in Grey Diversity Dialogue Facilitator
Administrative Liaison for CICE (Council for Inclusion, Change, and Equity)
University Wide Diversity Search Committees
Omicron Delta Kappa Advisory Board
Conferences and Trainings
Association of Student Affairs for Catholic Colleges and Universities Annual Conference, July 2016 - Presented "Ignatius Scholars Program: A Gateway to Success for Underrepresented Students"
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Conference on Diversity and Equity, June 2016 - Presented "Ignatius Scholars Program...Mission inProgress"
Safe Zone LGBTQ+ Ally Training, Completed May 2016
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Attended May 2014 and May 2015