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EMU TRiO SSS Staff


Director


Anthony Webster


Eric ReedAnthony is a proud native of Greenville, Mississippi. As an undergraduate student at Jackson State University, he recognized his passion for higher education and student success after being hired as a work-study student in the Dean of Students Office. As a McNair Scholar, he learned early in his college career how important it is to connect with resources, build community, and become involved. Anthony has been instrumental in helping students from historically marginalized communities gain access to post-secondary opportunities and transition beyond college into adulthood at both the two-year and four-year college levels throughout his professional career.

His commitment to supporting first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities as they navigate their educational journey stems from his own experience of being labeled as "at-risk ." Anthony knows first-hand the hurdles students encounter as they seek to build a better life for themselves and their families by earning a college degree. And he is determined to improve systems and policies that serve as barriers for these students.

Anthony has called Michigan home for over a decade and is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University Higher Education Student Affairs program. In addition, he is a student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Ph.D. program at Wayne State University. His research will explore how to improve access and employment opportunities for minority students through the lens of the Critical Race Theory.

Beyond work, Anthony enjoys connecting virtually with friends and family. One day he hopes to travel more. He says that one of his favorite quotes comes from his fraternity brother Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the quote states, "Everybody Can Be Great Because Everybody Can Serve." Anthony is looking forward to connecting and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff alike to take the TRiO Student Support Services program to the next level.

Contact Information: [email protected]


Program Coordinator


Josiah Pankiewicz

.Josiah is a double graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Masters Degree in Children's Literature and an Bachelors Degree in Language, Literature, and Writing. Josiah has been working in the education sector for over eight years and enjoys applying his experience to the TRiO SSS Office. He has worked as K-12 mentor, a high school and college tutor, a teacher, a testing proctor, and assessment administrator.

A first generation college student himself, Josiah is passionate about education and helping others achieve their highest potential. He advocates for students who mainstream education may often overlook or under-support.  He strives to create spaces in which students can thrive and find ways to overcome obstacles in their educational journey and life.

Outside of Eastern, Josiah enjoys working in the theater as a director and technician. He also enjoys exploring parks, kayaking, and camping. Josiah believes that everyone has the power to succeed and looks forward to helping others achieve their goals.

 

 

Contact Information: [email protected] 

 

 


 

 

Summer Office Manager


 Mikaela Trowbridge

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Mikaela Trowbridge was the Senior Peer Mentor and Tutor working for TRiO Student Support Services and is exctied to manage the office over the summer. She is a fifth year undergrad student currently majoring in Elementary Education with a Reading Comprehensive concentration, and minoring in Art. Mikaela chose to work with TRiO SSS because she wanted to help lead other students like herself to success and eventually graduation. As a first generation student she knows how difficult and daunting college can seem, and wanted to help others navigate through it. She loves helping others and seeing them develop as people, students, and leaders. She says working for TRiO has been the best part of her college career. "It has opened so many opportunities for me as a both a TRiO student and staff member. It makes my heart full seeing my students grow into the strong individuals I knew they would be." 

Outside of school Mikaela enjoys community service, making art, and reading. Her favorite way to serve her community is through volunteer work at any animal shelter, as she loves her furry friends. She even has a rescued cat. She believes anyone can be a leader, be a friend, and be of service. 

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Summer TRiO Ambassador


Katrina Seals

staff pic Katrina Seals was one of the Peer Mentors for TRiO Student Support Service and is excited to work as the Summer Ambassador. She is currently a senior majoring in Communication Science and Disorders with a Minor in Communications. Katrina chose to work for TRiO to help uplift and guide students who may desire that extra push. She hopes to build connections that will last a lifetime. She enjoys watching movies and television, online shopping, and traveling.

 

 A quote she stands by: You're strong, you're powerful, you're beautiful. 

  

 

 

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Summer Peer Mentor


Ally Roberts 

Ally RAlly was one of the office assistants for TRiO Student Support Services and is excited to start mentoring over this summer! She is a junior majoring in Integrated Sciences for Secondary Education. Ally decided to apply for the office assistant position so she could contribute to the teams that  supported her in her first semester of college. Ally came to Eastern Michigan University because they were the only institution that offered a major where she could study all subjects of science within secondary education.



“I am very small and have no money. You can imagine the stress I am under.” -John Mulaney

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