Jill Manuel

Jill Manuel

Jill Manuel

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.

Education

BA, University of South Alabama

MA, George Mason University 

Recent Presentations

  • Manuel, J., A History of American Indian Tribal Colleges; Sinte Gleska University and Diné College, (2020, April). George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
  • Goodkin, M., & Manuel, J., Indigenous People & Racism in Higher Education, (2020, December). George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
  • Brady, C., Worth, C., & Manuel, J., Enrollment Management Partnerships: COVID-19 and the Mason International Collaborative (MIC), (2020, June). George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
  • Byrd-Poller, L., Larson, C., Manuel, J., Medelson, H., Moore, K., Parker, D., & Williams, A. (2021, February). Courageous Allies. SACRAO 2021 Annual Meeting. (Virtual).
  • Manuel, J., Underidentified and Underserved: Students from Domestically Unstable Homes and the intersectionality of the Barriers they Face in Access Education, (2021, August). George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
  • Manuel, J., Under Identified and Underserved: Students from Domestically Unstable Homes and the Response of Higher Education, (2022, February). Southern Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers. Little Rock, AR., (2022, February).
  • Manuel, J., & Nelson, R., (2022, February).  Southern Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers. Little Rock, AR., (2022, February). Southern Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers. Little Rock, AR., (2022, February).

In the Media

Bag-to-Mat project transforms plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless