This program provides opportunities to gain leadership and professional development skills while assisting the Vice President of Student Affairs on specific projects during a 15-month term beginning in January and ending in March the following year. The program is open to all UNM professional staff (grades 8-14); however, top priority will be given to Student Affairs employees. The program includes participation in special projects and guidance by the Vice President and other mentors. Benefits include networking with Student Affairs directors and departments as well as exposure to UNM-wide committees and meetings.
Meet the 2017 Fellows
Shannon is a research scientist at the UNM Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) where she provides evaluation services for two large U.S. Department of Labor workforce training grants. She became interested in the OSA Fellows Program as a way to gain leadership and skill developments in the areas of student activities, research collaboration, financial oversight and decision-making. She hopes the Student Affairs fellows program will open up opportunities for continued growth and allow her a chance to make a difference The University of New Mexico.
Mary Jane Lueras
Mary Jane is an administrative assistant with the UNM STEM programs and has also held various administrative and managerial positions over her 14-year tenure at the University. Mary Jane works with human resources and finance-related processes and procedures, as well as UNM hiring processes. She became interested in the Student Affairs Fellows program because she was seeking opportunities to gain leadership and professional development skills. She hopes that assisting the vice president for Student Affairs with events and projects will provide her further insight into the Division of Student Affairs.
Matthew is a student activities specialist-Greek life advisor with the UNM Student Activities Center. He is relatively new to UNM and is a prior student of the University of Akron (UA). Since moving to Albuquerque, Matthew has been looking for a way to truly establish relationships with various campus and community members in order to improve both personally and professionally. He is hoping that his participation in the fellowship program will provide him opportunities for leadership and professional development.
Brandi is a senior student program advisor with the UNM African American Student Services department. Through her academic and professional career at UNM she has been involved as an ASUNM senator, president of the Black Student Union and president of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority – Nu Tau Chapter. She is also enrolled in a Master’s program and hopes that the Student Affairs fellowship will complement her academic and career goals. She believes that the program will help her improve her skill set and give her a better understanding of the dynamics of the Student Affairs administration.