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Elise Buggs Sturdivant, MBA

Program Director, Academic Success Partnerships

301J Pierce Hall | [email protected] | 734.487.3294

Elise Buggs Sturdivant joined Eastern Michigan University in September 2010 as the founding program director of EMU’s Keys to Degrees Single Parent Program. In November 2011, she transitioned into the additional role as Director of Academic Success Partnerships, while continuing to oversee the Keys to Degrees Program through this office. As Director, Elise designs, plans, and provides overall leadership for programs focused on enhancing student access and success, such as Mentorship, Access, and Guidance in College (MAGIC), Brotherhood and Sisterhood Scholars, the Wade H. McCree Jr. Scholarship Program, KCP MICUP-BEAT, and KCP College Day. Elise holds a Master of Business Administration from Davenport University and a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Communication from the University of Michigan. 

Janis Strickland, Ed.S.

Program Coordinator, Brotherhood and Sisterhood Scholars

301 Pierce Hall

[email protected] | 734.487.3289

Janis Strickland is a native of Detroit and was a first-generation graduate when she earned her BS in Psychology, Communications, and Theater Arts right here at EMU. Janis later acquired a MS in Technology Studies with a concentration in Information Assurance/Digital Investigations. She also holds a Specialist of Arts in Educational Leadership.

Janis is passionate about helping students navigate through life transitions while balancing their academic, personal, social, and financial goals. She brings over 10 years of work experience including: community college, career/vocational training, along with private and public institutions of higher learning.  Her concentration is on student support services and life coaching focused on the persistence of under-represented and often marginalized communities.

Kendra Ollis

Graduate Assistant, Sisterhood Scholars 

301 Pierce Hall

[email protected] | 734.487.8413

Kendra Ollis is a first year student in the Higher Education/Student Affairs program. A Detroit native and Grand Valley State University alum, she has spent the past few years dedicated to serving students in underserved high schools in various capacities (college advising, academic success coach, mentor, community organizer). More recently, Kendra was a College Adviser assisting high school seniors with College and Career Readiness as they prepared to transition from high school to their post-secondary plans (community college, 4-year college, trade school or military). Through her time as a mentor, academic success coach and non-profit organizer, Kendra has continuously been an advocate for providing students with equitable resources to provide for her students. She plans to continue this work at EMU as she completes the Higher Education program!


 Shannon Hawkins Jr.

Graduate Assistant, Brotherhood Scholars 

301 Pierce Hall

[email protected] | 734.487.8413

Shannon Hawkins Jr. is a first-year student in the Master’s Social Work. He is from Muskegon, Michigan and Shannon is a first-generation college graduate. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University this past April and has spent the majority of his time in college working for Housing and Residence Life. His biggest experience would be his time working for the Making Youth Matter program for his Social Work field placement this past year. His role with the program was to mentor middle schoolers. In this position, Shannon was able to instruct, guide, and provide support to middle schoolers throughout their first academic year impacted by COVID-19. He has a deep interest in helping others and helping youth is his passion. He aspires to be a School Social Worker to be able to reach youth during their most impressionable stages in efforts to leave a positive impact on them for the rest of their lives. He looks forward to seeing what he can learn as he works with EMU students.

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