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Elise Buggs Sturdivant, MBA

Program Director, Academic Success Partnerships

301J Pierce Hall

734.487.3294 | [email protected]

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. 

Janella Benson

Brotherhood and 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.


Kendra Ollis


Brotherhood and Sisterhood Scholars Graduate Assistant

301 Pierce Hall

734.487.8413 | [email protected] 

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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