UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA
EdD in Higher Education Management, with Distinction
Dissertation: Diversifying the Ivory Tower: Complexities of Serving as a Senior Admissions
Officer in an Evolving Affirmative Action Climate
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, Princeton, NJ
Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
MPA in Public Policy & International Affairs
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford, CA
BA in International Relations, with Honors, and African American Studies
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, Columbia, MO (October 2009- Present)
Director of Access Initiatives - Division of Enrollment Management
Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
Develop overall college access and urban outreach strategy for University of Missouri in conjunction with Enrollment
Management leadership team and other University divisions. Develop and offer summer and year-round academically-
focused programs for low income and minority populations, primarily K-12 students, through cooperation with the urban
school districts, Columbia Public Schools, other school districts, foundations, potential donors, and University divisions.
Track the success of individual students within the programs to evaluate the programsí success rate.
Help support work on the Missouri College Advising Corps project.
Implement and monitor, in collaboration with university development officers, fund-raising and partnership strategies to
ensure sustainability of academic camps and other summer programs designed for underrepresented student groups.
Conduct on-going evaluations of programs and services with collaborators to determine areas for improvements.
Advise the Vice Provost regarding ways to build and support student diversity. Participate in the Enrollment Management
leadership team and represent the Division of Enrollment Management at various meetings and conferences in the absence of the
Vice Provost as directed.
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford CA (2006 - 2009)
Assistant Dean for Diversity Outreach - Office of Undergraduate Admission
Manage the freshman and transfer selection process. Evaluate and recommend selective admission policies. Chair admission committees. Finalize decisions on applications for admission, and manage various admission programs and projects.
Provide vision, strategic plan, and direction to the undergraduate admission diversity outreach strategies, including all multicultural, international, LGBTQ, disadvantaged, and first generation recruitment initiatives. Lead team of diversity outreach/recruitment coordinators to establish goals and plans for each academic year. Design, implement and evaluate current programs and communications for diversity and first-generation recruitment.
Research and develop comprehensive plans for reaching students targeted through various search and yield activities. Monitor diversity yield to ensure that the University is meeting its goals to enroll a diverse class. Work collaboratively with management team to develop and implement new admission policies and guidelines. Oversee and manage Diversity budget of $600,000+ and establish priorities for allocation of resources.
Represent Stanford at state, regional, national and international conferences. Provide leadership for faculty outreach and involvement programs. Supervise and evaluate performance and training of Admission Counselor, Assistant Director, and Associate Director professional staff.
Developed 11-prong Diversity Outreach and recruitment Strategy that includes a framework, standard operating procedures, signature programs, and resources for Admission officers. Secured one of the most diverse classes in the University history comprised of 53% of color, 17% first generation and 18% disadvantaged. Increased the Universityís visibility through 4 national programs that included the first joint travel Native American Reservation targeted recruitment. Increased participation to more than 10 national conferences and 6 national publications targeted at students of color and under-resourced students. Developed Community Based Organizations Database for more than 300 organizations and established new partnerships with over 150 organizations.
Assistant Director - Office of Undergraduate Admission (2004 - 2006)
Planned and implemented Recruitment and Yield Strategies for African American, Caribbean, and African students and executed core admission responsibilities. Evaluated and made recommendations on freshman and transfer applications, keeping pace with heavy reading demands, while focusing on African Diaspora recruitment. Increased African American overall matriculation rates, doubled the Black Top Scholar matriculation rates with targeted outreach efforts. Served as Liaison with numerous university committees and offices. Oversaw the programmatic aspects of the Admission Apprentice program.
US DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington DC
Recruiter (1995 - 2004)
Recruited applicants for the State Department and minority Fellowship Programs. Represented the State Department at job fairs, conferences and university, giving presentations, participating in panel discussions and radio shows. Skillfully mentored and advised student applicants that included 100 minority students applying to the Department, with 75% successfully passing the entrance exam. Selected as a Career Counselor for entry level Foreign Service Officers. Profiled as an up and coming African American Foreign Service Leader by the State Department on their website and recruitment materials.
Special Assistant, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS (2003 - 2004)
Managed people, paper, and policy for high-pressure Washington, DC front office and Bureau of Legislative Affairs.
Supervised 5 contract employee. Served as liaison between front office and Bureau staff, the Executive Secretariat
for the Secretary of State, other Department bureaus and Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees. Drafted, organized and managed movement of all memorandums to and from the Assistant Secretary and to the Secretary of State. Reduced year long backlog down to a 22-day response time by designing and creating database to track Freedom of Information Act requests. Honored with a Superior Honor Awards for innovative technological contributions.
Deputy Spokesperson, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, US Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (2001-2003)
Worked with Senior Spokesperson to coordinate all public affairs activities at US Mission headquarters and 3 consulate offices. Served as Public Affairs Advisor to Ambassador and US Mission in South Africa. Coordinated information dissemination, press guidance, media releases and other efforts to further US government goals, including implementing strategies to create support for US governmentís war on terrorism.
Supervised, trained and evaluated Assistants and Technicians. Cultivated relationships with key government officials, newspaper editors, journalist, and TV and radio directors. Wrote speeches and remarks for the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission. Developed and executed short- and long-term nationwide media-training plan to provide essential skills to South African media, with special emphasis on community radio sector.
Developed Press Launch for the negotiations of US and Southern Africa Customs Union Free Trade Agreement. Managed logistics, budget, contracting services and equipment for 400 member US delegation to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development. Coordinated press outreach events for Presidential, Secretarial and other Cabinet-level visits. Appointed as Secretary of Stateís Hometown Diplomat Spokesperson for Missouri. Honored with 2 Meritorious Honor Awards for contributions to the UN Conference.
Consular Officer, US EMBASSY, Beijing, China (2000 - 2001)
Adjudicated Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) applications, focusing on fraudulent applications. Primary point of contact for exchange and student group processing. Updated and expanded visa tracking system for Student and Exchange Programs. Arranged public outreach efforts, including trips to major universities, to demystify the student visa application process. Worked with Fraud Prevention to collect, analyze and report accurate information on the return rates of Student Exchange Programs.
Conducted private briefings for US school officials, exchange officials, recruiters and admission officers on visa regulations, procedures and potential problems. Created I-20 files on 350 schools recruiting in China to maintain accurate university information and solidify relationships; also created anti-fraud procedures to protect the process. Developed outreach campaign educating 2000+ Chinese students about the US visa process.
Management Officer - US CONSULATE, Guangzhou, China (1998 - 2000)
Supervised two American employees and 30 Chinese contract employees who provided administrative services to a medium-sized Consulate General. Procured local and non-local equipment and supplies. Oversaw facilities maintenance and renovation of offices and residential units; motor pool operations; shipping, packing and customs; property inventory and disposal; property management and warehousing. Served as Principal Contracting Officer and Safety and Health Officer with a $2 million contractual authority.
Special projects included long-term planning and implementation of New Consulate land negotiation, Y2K readiness, 16 residential and 6 office section renovations. Saved $172K in renovation costs by changing ineffective renovation strategies. Increased office space 30% and completed renovations project on time and under budget. Managed Y2K Command Center and successful transition to 2000. Received Meritorious Honor Award for superior services.
2007 & 2008 Hobsonís College Guide for African American Students "Educating Students to Live in a Diverse World"
2007 & 2008 Hobsonís College Guide for Latino Students "Five Ways to Get Your Family Involved in the College Process"
2008 Hobsonís College Guides "10 Common Application Mistakes"
Author of numerous admission recruitment publications in print and online for Stanford University, The U.S. State Department, and local College Access Networks.
Guest Lecturer, Stanford University (2005-2009)
Focused on access to higher education, with particular emphasis on educational policy that impacts studentís postsecondary access and eventual success. Topics included: affirmative action, pre-college access programs, financial aid, selective college admissions, and standardized testing.
NACAC September 2007 - "Collaboration Increases Access"
Numerous presentations on college admission, development of case studies, keynote speaker at numerous high schools, community based workshops, non-profits and pre-college access programs.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE:
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford, CA
- Leland Scholars Advisory Committee
- Board Member, Cap & Gown - Womenís Honor Society
- Freshman, Sophomore, & Transfer Advisor, University Undergraduate Advising Program
- Black Community Service Center (BCSC) Advisory Board
- African American Staff Group Advisory Council
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC., Alpha Nu Omega Chapter, Oakland, CA
- Selection Committee, High School & Undergraduate Scholarship Program
COLLEGE TRACK, Oakland, CA
- Member, National College Access Network (NCAN)
- Member, Association of Black Admission and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools (ABAFAOILSS)
- Member, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, (NADOHE)
- Associate Member, Sisters of the Academy (SOTA)
- Member, National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC)
LANGUAGES: Conversational Chinese and proficient verbal and written French