ACE's student impacts and the response of higher education to the needs of those students.
I am a Graduate Admissions Specialist at George Mason University (GMU) and a recent graduate from the GMU Higher Education Administration and Student Development master's program. I am a founding member, and currently serve as president of the Higher Education Program Student Association (HEPSA), and proud recipient of recognition as a 2021 HEP Outstanding Graduate Student.
In my professional capacity, I serve as a member of several George Mason University committees including the Mason Care Network Future State and RFP Committees, the Admissions Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, recent chair for the Admissions Team Professional Development Committee and am a new member to the Mason Honor Committee. In addition, I serve as a mentor in the GMU Admissions Mentorship Program, and am co-chair for the Topics in Higher Education Committee for the Southern Association of College Registrar's and Admissions Office (SACRAO). I am also an active member in my community and serve as an Election Officer for Fauquier County.
I received my undergraduate degree from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and a minor in Communication. As a first-generation college graduate from an unstable and low-income home, I worked hard to acquire education, often one class at a time, which has taken me much of my adult life. As a student, I was able to experience first-hand, the struggles that many, like myself, experience in overcoming barriers to post-secondary education, funding, and accessibility. As a practitioner, I strive to help other's learn how to navigate the system that is Higher Education as an admissions specialist, a mentor, and support. As a potential PhD candidate, I have centered my research around adverse childhood experiences and how we, as institutions of Higher Education, respond to student needs through a trauma informed lens, if at all.
I strive to have a seat at the table where the larger conversations regarding policy, equitable distribution of resources, and support take place as a representative for my demographic.