A narrative description of the roles I’ve held
In my role as the Assistant Director of a one-of-a-kind service learning program at St. Norbert College, I travelled to domestic and international destinations with a group of college freshmen. The program was rooted in international principles and works to cultivate personal growth, develop cross-cultural awareness and promote global citizenship. I was responsible for planning the entire semester travel with partner organizations throughout the U.S. and in Guatemala. I would lead academic discussions on various social justice topics as the students encounter these issues in the field. Back on campus, I provided academic advisement for programs and courses, organized social gatherings and continued to work with the students through any cognitive dissonance they may have experienced. This position has grown my basic Spanish language skills and allowed me to gain significant experience working in a developing country.
My previous work inside a university Financial Aid Office provided me with extensive first-hand experience managing large databases and partnering with Admissions to utilize scholarship dollars as a tool for recruitment. I oversaw two free standing programs, including the university endowed and annual scholarship funds totaling a million dollars annually and the Federal Work Study program which ran at $400,000. Both programs required detailed tracking, record keeping, and the submission of final federal reports. I worked across divisions and departments to collaborate with Admissions, Academic Advising, and others, to create greater understanding of these two programs and build partnerships that benefited campus culture.
Upon completing my master’s degree in Gender, Globalisation and Human Rights, I held the position of Youth Education and Access Researcher for a small non-governmental agency in Greece. In that role I conducted an independent research project that led to the design and implementation of the first youth education program in a refugee camp of 700 residents. I was successful in my role and credit this to my knowledge of working with vulnerable populations, exceptional project management skills, strong leadership, and a talent for working with youth. In this role I gained incredible cross-cultural knowledge that I bring with me to better serve students from diverse backgrounds.
My drive to serve first-generation, low-income and refugee youth has also led me to create the United ReSisters program using a bottom-up approach. This group works to support capacity building for female refugee youth in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is helping to make the dreams of a college education accessible, affordable and achievable for these young women. This group mirrors a similar access to education project, FLITE, I founded and ran for five years from 2010-2015. It was supported by Phuture Phoenix and was later absorbed by the organization.