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CITE Staff

Anne Dayton
Director, Cougar Initiative to Engage

Anne Dayton serves as Director of the Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE). Dr. Dayton has worked in research and program management positions at Rice University, where she led co-curricular learning programs, including internships in public policy research and service learning. She was responsible for designing assessment strategies for these experiential and engagement activities.

Dr. Dayton received her Ph.D. in 2009 from Rice University. Her dissertation focused on the depiction of upper- and middle-class women’s experience of service to working-class families in Victorian novels, guidebooks, and memoirs. She has taught courses in academic writing, British literature, and digital storytelling. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Hamilton College.

Dr. Dayton also has substantial experience writing about and editing economic policy, particularly in the areas of development, entrepreneurship, and gender issues.

Dr. Dayton is happy to answer questions about CITE. Please contact her at to set up a meeting or to arrange for her to speak at a college, department, or other group meeting.



Shante Fossie
Research Assistant, Cougar Initiative to Engage

Shante Fossie was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In May of 2019, she obtained her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Shortly after receiving her degree, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she earned her M.A. in Education, Option in Research & Evaluation. Continuing with her education, currently, she is attaining her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Houston-Texas.

In addition, she is excited to work as a Research Assistant for the Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE). Shante’s favorite quote to live by is “You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering, and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” —Shirley Chisolm.