As a proud graduate of the College of Staten Island (CSI), I am honored to return and lead CSI’s ASAP program. I share in CSI’s mission of providing higher education access and equity, as well as academic excellence through student-centered programs and services. Working with college students has become a truly rewarding part of my life. I find that the experiences I gain working with students on their academic and college transition needs, from admissions to graduation, are nothing but gratifying. As CSI’s ASAP founding Director, I look forward to developing ASAP at CSI and supporting our students through the completion of their associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Prior to joining ASAP at CSI, I served as the Associate Director for Transfer and Transition Programs at CUNY Queens College. At Queens, I led and coordinated a college-wide advising and transition program that serves approximately 3,500 transfer students each academic year. In addition to my role in advising, I was an active participant in first-year learning initiatives, orientation programs, CUNY Pathways and general education, transfer academic services, and program articulations. Previously, I worked at the College of Staten Island in recruitment and marketing, admissions, academic advising, new student programs, and psychology research.
While working at Queens, I received the Discimus ut Serviamus Leadership Award in recognition of my efforts and leadership in transforming the transfer and student transition program. Furthermore, at the 2015 annual conference of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), I was honored and recognized by NISTS for my contribution to the improvement of transfer student access, persistence, and success.
I hold a baccalaureate degree in sociology and anthropology from CSI. In addition, I hold a master’s degree in higher education administration and an executive certificate in educational research, both from the School of Public Affairs at CUNY Baruch College. An aspiring scholar-practitioner, I am currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Northeastern University where I am completing a dissertation that explores elementary teacher candidates’ perspectives on the role of liberal arts in teacher education.