Over a couple of years, I expanded the role into a full department of 8 people and 6 different areas that oversee our university’s three Learning Centers, Tutoring Services, Supplemental Instruction, Assessment and Program Reviews, Student Success initiatives, Accreditations, and Curriculum Management. Much of my portfolio revolves around student learning, collecting, analyzing, and using data, and providing support.
My role means I get to be in conversations with leadership on our campus and help make decisions that lead to actual change. I think the voice I’m able to have in those meetings is guided in part by the ideas I learned during my time at BGSU. The degree program instilled thinking critically and creatively, exploring different perspectives and experiences, and including marginalized communities - all of which are at the core of my responsibilities at UM-Dearborn. I have been fortunate to build my area and ensure staff from leadership to student employees (many of whom in peer learning roles) represent the diversity we see in our campus and local community.
My favorite memory is presenting at the research symposium and winning the Best Undergraduate Research my second year! Researching topics and presenting information in a way that is accessible and engaging for people is one of my favorite things to do now, and I think that love started in my undergraduate program and with the opportunity to participate in the symposium. Also, meeting Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback had a lasting impact on my life. Sarah is a force and so passionate about her work, and I learned so much inside and outside of the classroom from her. She was always there for insight, constructive feedback, and encouragement during my time in the program (and after!)