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“Generation Merr1mack” in Florida

March 25, 2014
Tia Roy, Tara Strong, and Dr. Heather Maietta of the O’Brien Center for Student Success presented their research project at the Teaching Academic Survival and Success Skills Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Tia Roy (major in Psychology and minor in Communications), Tara Strong (graduate student in Higher Education), and Dr. Heather Maietta of the O’Brien Center for Student Success recently presented their initiative and research on “Transitional Support for First Generation College Students: Generation Merr1mack,” at the Teaching Academic Survival and Success Skills Conference (March 16th-19th) in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Their presentation was on the Generation Merr1mack initiative that the O’Brien Center for Student Success started to support the first generation college student population. Tia is a Co-Founder and Program Coordinator for the initiative and has held this position since the first year of the program’s launch in 2012. Tia is also a Career Peer Advisor and is responsible for constant contact with students in the office, navigation of the O’Brien Center’s job database system, coordination of Generation Merr1mack peer mentors, and research and programming.

Tara has been a Program Coordinator Intern with the Generation Merr1mack program at the O’Brien Center for Student Success since August 2013. She has been involved in designing the second year component for the initiative. She also runs education campaigns to inform faculty, staff, and students about the program; and she acts as an advisor for sophomore first generation students.

Generation Merr1mack was just named a finalist for the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Award. Recipients will be named at the NACE conference in San Antonio, TX in June.

Congratulations to Tia, Tara, and Dr. Maietta!

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    From left to right: Tia Roy, Dr. Heather Maietta, and Tara Strong at the Teaching Academic Survival and Success Skills Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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