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E. Abby Davis, MA

Project Coordinator

301F Pierce Hall

734.487.3289 | [email protected]

Abby is a two-time Eastern Michigan University alumna having earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership/Student Affairs. She previously held a position with EMU Upward Bound where she helped students from Ypsilanti Community High School prepare for college. She is passionate about providing underrepresented students with the knowledge and resources they need to earn their degree and becoming thriving, fulfilled members of society.

Elise Buggs Sturdivant, MBA

Program Director, Academic Success Partnerships

301J Pierce Hall

734.487.3294 | [email protected]


Tremain Lasenby

Brotherhood Scholars Graduate Assistant

301T Pierce Hall

734.487.4721[email protected]

Tremain, raised in Cleveland, OH, received his Bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts & Sciences in Psychology with a minor in African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University. He is now in the Educational Leadership department for graduate school pursuing a Master’s degree in the Higher Education in Student Affairs (HESA) program. Tremain’s interests and passions within his field include helping people in any way, shape, or form, especially multicultural, first-gen, and low-socioeconomic students as well as students of color. He also works closely with Greek Life, NAACP, BSU and various organizations on college campuses. He also currently works in the Diversity and Community Involvement Office on the campus of EMU assisting departments within Campus Life and help bridge the gap between communities. A fun fact about Tremain is he loves to do art and has been doing various forms of it since he was a child, attending the Cleveland School of the Arts since 7th grade. He plans to continue his education and become a doctor in his field someday.

Janella Benson

Sisterhood Scholars Graduate Assistant

301S Pierce Hall

734.487.4717 | [email protected]

Janella Benson is a second-year student in the Educational Leadership: Higher Education/Student Affairs program. She is a Detroit Native, and lover of all things Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 (Go Blue!) and spent her last few years in and around Detroit working with youth. The most impacting experiences she has had were College Advising at a Detroit High School and currently, teaching Life Skills and College/Career Readiness to adjudicated youth at the Detroit Detention Center. Through these positions (as well as her own personal upbringing), she is an advocate for students from marginalized backgrounds and she embraces the mantra "giving a voice to the overlooked, unheard." She is passionate about assisting students on their collegiate journey of self-discovery through academic and psychosocial transitions and she looks forward to opportunities to work with the students at EMU.

Raul Leon

Faculty Associate

Dr. Raul A. Leon is an associate professor of higher education and student affairs at EMU. Dr. Leon is an expert on strategic diversity management and his work has been nationally recognized as influential in effectively guiding retention and degree completion initiatives. Dr. Leon is an active researcher with over 35 scholarly contributions.  His policy-relevant work continues to be disseminated and applied locally, nationally and internationally.  At EMU, Dr. Leon teaches courses in student affairs related to contemporary college students, student development theory and diversity leadership. Dr. Leon has received numerous awards for his scholarship, teaching and service. Additionally, he directs one of few study abroad programs in the nation aimed at preparing current and future student affairs practitioners with an emphasis in international education.

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