The holistic WPI experience, both inside and outside the classroom, is a phenomenal learning laboratory that can prepare students for their future lives as leaders and citizens. At WPI, students have the opportunity to take risks, try new skills and opportunities, and to learn from them. The spirit of collaboration, value for student input, and culture of innovation makes WPI a place where students can build meaningful relationships with students, faculty, and staff who share their passions and interests. I am committed to ensuring that students make meaning of their curricular and co-curricular lives and are better prepared to succeed post-college.
In alignment with my philosophy, I work at WPI to manage our CARE program, support student conduct, and advance the Student Affairs Division strategic planning and assessment efforts in addition to supporting the work of Student Activities, International Programs, the Bookstore, and Dining Services. One of my favorite functions is to analyze the environment on campus and to work to remove barriers that affect student success. I am currently working with a team to support a grant from the Davis Foundation to make the team experience at WPI even more effective and equitable. I recently received my doctorate from the University Massachusetts-Amherst, completing a dissertation exploring the relationships between hazing, masculine norm conformity, and adult play. I also volunteer as chair of the Northeast Greek Leadership Association Board of Directors and as Director of Volunteer Development for Alpha Gamma Delta. As a scholar-practitioner my interests include analyzing systems, processes and cultures that inhibit student success, enhancing the experiences of marginalized populations in the STEM pipeline, deviant behavior among college populations, particularly hazing, and masculine expression among college men.
NBC 10 Boston reported on the checklist WPI is recommending for students to follow in order to safely return to campus in the fall. “This is all about helping ensure that the experience students have is as low-risk and as seamless as possible,” Emily Perlow, assistant dean of students, told NBC Boston. (Clips begins at the 00:23 mark).
WPI’s ongoing efforts to prepare students for an increasingly diverse workforce were highlighted in this Diversity in Action article. “Researchers will teach WPI students how to identify and address bias and work in groups in ways that promote equity,” the article stated.