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O’Brien Center for Career Development

Tia Roy

Career Peer Advisor/ Generation Merr1mack Coordinator

O’Brien Center for Student Success
Psychology ’15, Merrimack College 

Tia Roy joined The O’Brien Center for Student Success in September 2011 as a Career Peer Advisor. Tia is also the Program Coordinator and a peer mentor for Generation Merr1mack, a program supporting first generation college students with their transition into and through college. This new program was founded in fall 2012, and is housed in the O’Brien Center for Student Success. As a Career Peer Advisor, Tia is responsible for constant contact with students in the office, navigation of our job database system, coordinating Generation Merr1mack peer mentors, research and programming. 

Tia is currently a junior at Merrimack College majoring in Psychology with a minor in Communications. Tia is passionate about first generation college students, commuter students, vocational technical education, and the population of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Before working for the O’Brien Center for Student Success, Tia was a Developmental Specialist for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities at Opportunity Works in Newburyport, MA. Here, Tia gained great knowledge and experience working with this population while utilizing her Certified Nursing Assistant license in the state of Massachusetts.


Generation Merr1mack: First-Year Support Program for First Generation College Students. Colleges of the Worcester Consortium, 2012.

Recognizing and Supporting for Improved Persistence and Success: Generation Merr1mack. 3rd Annual New England Conference for Student Success, UMASS Amherst, 2012.

Wrap Around Support for First Generation College Students. National Association of Colleges and Employers, Orlando, FL, 2013.

Career Counseling for First Generation Students. Career Counseling for New Americans and First Generation Students, Northeastern University, 2014.

Transitional Support for First Generation College Students: Generation Merr1mack. Teaching Academic Survival Skills Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2014.