Dr. Maxwell applauds First Generation staff members - University of Houston
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DSA News
November 14, 2022

I am excited to recognize our staff members who are First Generation students in their families who have earned and or are working on a college degree. I recognize that First Gen students navigate additional challenges while attending college let alone when they are working full-time and going to college. I applaud our colleagues accomplishments and ask that you join me in celebrating their incredible achievements!

  • Adalia Espinosa, UCS: Masters, Higher Education, Bachelors, Psychology
  • Arbaz Ali, CAPS: Masters, Counseling, Bachelors, Psychology
  • Celina Douglas, Veteran's Services: Doctorate, Higher Education Leadership, Masters, Social Work. Bachelors, Social Work
  • Cheyenne Peer, LGBTQ Resource Center: Bachelors, Human Services, AS, Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management
  • Felicia Quichocho, DSA IT: Bachelors, Digital Media Innovation and Mass Communication, Minor Business Administration
  • Germaine Washington, Office of the VPSA: Masters, Business Administration, Bachelors, Political Science
  • Gil Lizalde, Business Operations: Masters, Higher Education, Bachelors in Communications
  • Dr. Holly Alexander, SHRL: PhD, Educational Planning, Policy, and Leadership, Masters, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Bachelors, Social Work & Counseling
  • Ja'Nelle King, CFSL: Masters, Higher Education Administration and Supervision, Bachelors, Healthcare Administration, Minor, Diversity Studies
  • Joseph Secrest, Campus Recreation: Masters, Kinesiology and Human Performance, Bachelors, Kinesiology, Minor Nutrition
  • Katy Kaesebier, CSI: Masters, Bachelors
  • Kayleen Lam, CSI: Masters, Social Work, Bachelors, Sociology and Social Work, Minor Criminal Justice and Sexuality Studies
  • Kenny Huynh, Campus Recreation: AA Science, BS, Digital Media Innovation and Mass Communication, Minor Business Administration
  • Kenny Mauk, SHRL: Masters, Public Administration, Bachelors
  • Kevin Nguyen, LGBTQ Resource Center: Masters, College Counseling & Student Development, Bachelors, Psychology, Bachelors, Health Education
  • Kim Clark, Campus Recreation: Masters, Bachelors
  • Kimberly Shaw-Reed, Student Centers: Masters, Education Leadership, Bachelors, Health Education
  • Laura Zavala-Membreno, CAPS: PhD, Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, M.Ed., Counseling, Bachelors, Psychology
  • Leanica Adams, SHRL: Masters, Bachelors
  • Lesley Umanzor, SHRL: Bachelors, Mathematics
  • Lupita Hernandez, CDI: Masters, Higher Education (In process), Bachelors, Mathematics
  • Michelle Ostolaza, Campus Recreation: Masters, Marketing, Bachelors, Administration of Justice
  • Moises Medina, ISSSO: Bachelors, Supply Chain
  • Dr. Monica Thompson, Office of the VPSA: Ed.D Ethical Leadership, Masters, Educational Administration and Human Resources Development, Bachelors, Management, Minor Accounting
  • T'Juana Derbigney-Hampton, Student Health Center: Bachelors, Psychology, AS, Nursing
  • Torrence Douglas, UCS: Masters in Higher Education Administration, Bachelors Communication Studies
  • Dr. Toshio Asai, CAPS: Doctorate, Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, Masters, Counseling Psychology, Bachelors, Psychology, Bachelors, Sociology

I want to acknowledge this list may not include all staff who identify as First Generation students, so please know we did not intentionally leave you out. For those staff who are currently working on degrees whether you are First Gen or not, I offer my continued support for your on-going success.