I currently work for the University of Nevada, Reno in the College of Business as the Graduate Programs Coordinator. My job is to coordinate and advise for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as provide analytics on the programs to my team. This position has helped me grow my network of connections in the MBA program, as well as learn what it takes to be a successful professional. I am excited to see where this position takes me in the future. Below you will find some of my other accomplishments.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Volunteer Work
As a volunteer for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, I spent a year creating an IBD support group in the Reno area. When I was diagnosed with IBD, the closest support group was in Sacramento and I did not want to spend the time driving once a month to attend a meeting. In November 2019, I attended a Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation conference in Berkeley, where I met an employee of the Foundation who has helped me build the blocks to create a successful support group. I serve as the support group leader, meaning I recruit people with IBD in Northern Nevada who may be interested in joining. Check out this link or the flyer below for more information about meeting times and contact.
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation chose to honor me as their patient hero for their annual spin4 crohn’s and colitis cures event on December 5, 2020. Due to the pandemic, this event was held virtually. As the patient hero, I created a team of four to spin/dance at this event. Each member of my team pledged to fundraise $250 for the Foundation to help find cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. My team surpassed our goal and we raised over $2,500 for the Foundation! In addition to fundraising efforts, I created videos and took part in interviews to help spread the word and increase fundraising. Check out my interview here.
Once again, I participated in fundraising for the annual spin4 crohn’s and colitis cures house party event that took place on December 4, 2021. My team of three this year raised a total of $1,000 for the Foundation to help fund research in finding a cure for IBD!
University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)
For two years, I worked as the Health and Safety Assistant at the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). I mainly worked with students who had disabilities or chronic health issues, but also spent time assisting my team during crisis management situations. Prior to departure, I prepared these students for what to expect once they arrived at their program site. This included providing medication information, insurance coverage, and setting up counselors for students who may need or want that service. For students who utilized classroom accommodations at their home university in the United States due to a documented disability, I worked with the on-site staff at all of our program locations to get the student’s same accommodations in the classroom abroad. My favorite thing about working with these students was making their dream of studying abroad become a reality. Being an alumna of USAC, I know how scary it can be to go to an unfamiliar place with a chronic health issue. I wanted to be a resource for these students and let them know that health doesn’t have to set you back.
Being an international education advocate and a long-time employee at University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), I blogged about my experiences studying abroad and the opportunities it gave me. USAC has a blog website that reposts content from students who have or are currently studying abroad. USAC has featured four of my blog posts on their website, “Dragonstone?” “Home Means Nevada,” “Buen Camino!” and “Post Study Abroad Feels” to help promote USAC and offer tips to students who are planning on studying abroad.
As part of a Social Entrepreneurship class in the MBA program, my group was tasked with coming up with a small business engagement campaign for the United Way chapter in Northern Nevada. My group proposed an Adopt-A-Classroom campaign that is both beneficial for United Way and the small businesses that choose to participate either volunteer hours or monetary donations. The campaign will have 4 tiers of engagement. Depending on the size of the business, they can choose and customize their tier so they are able to give what they can based on capacity. We hope this proposal will help United Way gain more recognition in the community, especially with the younger generation. I created all marketing materials for this proposal including a brochure, newsletter and permission slip for photography in the classroom.
During my college career, I had the opportunity to serve as a Marketing Intern for a local non-profit, the Jessica Ann Faber Foundation (JAFF). This non-profit helped low-income public school students afford private arts lessons, which included piano, singing, dance, etc. As the Marketing Intern, I assisted in creating and sending donation letters, event flyers, implementing a database system, and posting content on their social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram). Unfortunately, the non-profit is no longer operating.