Undergrad: Clark University
Major: Women's & Gender Studies
Hometown:Old Bridge, NJ
Assistantship: Office of Institutional Equity
Bio:Hi all, my name is Tarah (she/they). I graduated from Clark University in Worcester, MA in December 2020 with a degree in Women's & Gender Studies and a minor in Political Science. My undergraduate studies directly impact my passion and work in student affairs. Higher education accessibility is extremely important to me, especially for disabled students and LGBTQ-identifying students. As someone who faced obstacles in my own higher education journey due to these identities, it's important for me to pave an accessible path to college for all students that takes into account their varying identities.
Most of my student affairs experience lies in Orientation—I was a Peer Advisor for two years working directly with incoming students, and as a senior I served as 1 of 6 Orientation Coordinators. I specifically planned and executed my university's Early Orientation Program for students registered with the accessibility office. It was this experience at the nexus of my passions for orientation, accessibility, and student leadership that really pushed me to pursue student affairs as a career. I also have experience in interpersonal violence and Title IX related issues which is what my assistantship will focus on, as well as study abroad experience; I studied in Perugia, Italy my junior year! Overall, I find that I am my best self when I am connecting and collaborating with others, advocating for and supporting students, and helping people find a home within their university.
I see myself as an (anxious) extrovert who loves to hang out with others and explore new places. I enjoy spending time outdoors, going to concerts, shooting and editing photography, playing board games, drinking chai lattes, and snuggling my cats!