This month we are highlighting influential women at Post University in honor of Women’s History Month. Read more at Women of Post.
Assistant Dean for Academic Success
Why do you think it is important for females to be represented in your respective field or in education?
I feel it’s important to have a diverse representation of thought in education as a whole. I have had the privilege of working with some amazing women and men during my early career that encouraged me to speak up, to find my voice. I feel that when students or newer professionals see that diversity and that there is equitable respect from the audience it encourages them to also find their voice. I do feel a sense of responsibility to build up other women when in meetings, or when I feel like they aren’t being heard as much as others because my mentors did that for me. In my work now, it’s very much about building and maintaining their academic confidence. I hear a lot from single mothers, seasoned women with years of experience and of course young women who are just getting their footing or finding their careers. I notice that when I speak with them about their goals they truly open up and are so driven. They get excited by the encouragement. A bond forms. They “get it” because they are hearing from someone that they can identify with whether that’s personal, career related or because we’re women.
Who was a female role model for you growing up or currently?
I was very lucky growing up that I had a lot of women in my life that were leaders and helped to shape my views on the world. My grandmother helped my grandfather to start a family business. She was a partner right alongside of him while also raising three children and running a home and then continuing to run the business when my grandfather passed away. She was a strong-willed woman that also believed in giving back to the community. She was an integral part of both the Lions Club and her local church, where she ran many events. Central to this was always family. There were many lessons as a child I didn’t quite get but now in reflection I see the immense amount of pride she had in everything she did and how she taught and pushed her children to do the same. So much so, that I see how my mother followed in her stead working two jobs, earning her master’s degree on nights and weekends, and still making dinner each night when my sister and I were little. The women in my life made it happen without missing a beat and that drives me every day to not only provide for my family financially but lead by example for my two daughters. Here at Post, I’m encouraged and driven by the amazing, inspirational, and supportive women around me. I’m reminded daily that we are all in this together and support is what keeps me moving forward and pushing for our students.
Do you have a favorite memory from your time at Post?
I have many great memories from my time at Post but one that stands out is when I was an Academic Success Counselor and we had our first Thanksgiving potluck. It was such a fun event and one that truly highlighted the family feeling that many of us have here at Post!