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Summary

Currently I work as an Academic Advisor at the University of Utah, which allows me several avenues to connect with many different students, all of which focus on individual advising, relationship building, holistic development as well as academic and leadership skills.

I graduated in 2016 with my Master's degree in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) program at the University of Northern Colorado, which helped prepare me for my goal of advising students professionally. I have previously graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, which has ignited my interest in understanding individuals and cultures. Personally and professionally I crave a challenge, and this has shaped me into a lifelong learner with the ability to stray from my comfort zone.

Specifically in Student Affairs, I am interested in working closely with students by advising them developmentally and authentically, and have a special interest in retention, transfer students and under-researched populations.

Education

Master's Degree

University of Northern Colorado
Aug 2014May 2016

Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership program

Awarded for Academic Excellence in the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Bachelor's Degree

Elon University
Aug 2011May 2014

Major: Anthropology

Minor: Classical Studies

Cum Laude

Lambda Alpha National Anthropological Honors Society

Winter Term Study Abroad: Ireland's Literature, History & Culture

Skill Highlights

Advising & Support

• Oversaw and fostered the development of student executive council members from all Fraternity & Sorority Life councils that held positions in Risk Management, Academics and Internal Affairs

• Worked closely with mentors through group and individual meetings to support their active engagement in the mentor program

• Supervised a group of 25 student athletes and academically at-risk students each semester to enhance individual study techniques that included generating performance plans to teach the student-athlete how to manage their time

• Facilitated a group of 19 potential new members as their Recruitment Counselor with the mission to neutrally promote Greek Life, and provided one-on-one counseling for individual decision-making

• Assisted a group of 20 new Elon University students as an Orientation Leader to provide information, act as a motivator to get new students involved, and work one-on-one with students to work through adjustment problems

Program Development

• Designed leadership and training programs for executive Greek Council and Recruitment Counselors

• Developed and programmed the All Greek (NPC, IFC, MGC) Education Programs to address social justice competencies, realities on college campuses, and stress management relevant to the Fraternity & Sorority Life community

• Designed a Greek Week Committee program for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life by conducting focus groups with students and creating a process application for the positions on the committee

• Developed a mentorship program among current Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership students and newly admitted students to acclimate them to the graduate school and change the culture of the HESAL program

• Developed and managed program-wide social events for the mentor program to foster community and connection to the HESAL program

Assessment & Evaluation

• Compiled detailed student athlete academic information into Excel reports to enable student progress to be tracked by academic advising staff

• Developed a Greek Week committee by conducting focus groups with students to receive feedback and collect suggestions on moving forward

• Completed courses such as Qualitative Research Methods and Quantitative Research Methods which constructed the knowledge to create effective questions for interviews and surveys, to use technology such as SPSS and VoiceRecord and also provided experience in analyzing collected data

Organization & Administrative Tasks

• Received Crowd Management training from University of Northern Colorado Risk Management

• Partnered with staff and students to manage the Panhellenic Recruitment process at the University of Northern Colorado for Fall 2014 and 2015

• Aided in planning and setting up a banquet for over 200 Scholar Athletes

• Completed tasks such as photocopying, organizing documents and maintaining Blackboard websites for faculty in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership program

• Designed and wrote articles for the Higher Education and Student Affairs Newsletter for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 academic year

Equity & Diversity

• Received Safe Zone Training through the University of Northern Colorado's GLBTA Office

• Conducted original qualitative research on the LGBTQI community at a small private university that looked specifically at the perceptions and interactions this group has with Greek Life

• Volunteered with Disability Support Services at the University of Northern Colorado to help proctor tests to students during finals week

Customer Care

• Promoted rapidly from cashier to customer service and new employee trainer at a local bakery

• Contacted customers over the phone to set up follow-up appointments, gave purchase and delivery updates, answered questions and offered more services at the country’s largest bridal retailer

• Conducted customer interviews to elicit necessary information for registration and get to know customer preferences

• Provided exemplary service to all customers through preparation, providing answers and building rapport

Research Highlights

Perceptions and Interactions Between Elon's Greek Life and LGBTQI Communities

For my capstone research in Anthropology I created, conducted and analyzed original qualitative research on the perceptions and interactions between the LGBTQI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex) community and Greek Life at Elon University. This was pursued in order to establish the relationship that exists, to make students and staff aware of the lack of diversity, and to make campus organizations more diverse and welcoming. This project included confidential interviews with Elon students, and was formed into a final paper, poster and presentation on the current heteronormative state of Greek Life at Elon University and suggests steps to create a more diverse gender and sexual identity accepting community. The PDF below includes the poster presentation of this project. PDF on lower left

Academic Advising: History, Trends and Analysis

For one of my group projects in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership program, I collaborated with another classmate, Maegan Bender, to research the history, trends and contemporary issues in the academic advising field. This paper looks at the existing literature, the different types of advising organizational models, compares academic advising at two different universities, and gives recommendations on how to take on the challenges this functional area is currently facing. PDF on lower right


Professional organizations 

  • College Personnel Association of Colorado (CPAC)
  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)