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As the Coordinator Senior in Student Engagement, Brett is predominantly responsible for the first-year experience for Herberger students and has been with the Herberger Institute Office of Student Success since early 2018. His areas of responsibility for supporting our first-year students is through working with the Herberger Institute residential college, supervising the Creative Mentor student leadership team, working with the Herberger Institute Student Council to develop pathways to advocate for all Herberger Institute students, and developing new methods of engagement for students with minoritized identities.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Brett holds a Master's of Education in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor's of Psychology from Roosevelt University. Since 2013, he has held roles in Roosevelt University's Center for Student Involvement, Northwestern University's Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and the University of Chicago's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Across his professional roles, Brett has developed a commitment to social justice and liberation through his advocacy for marginalized communities. His research interest include critical social theories and college student development, intersectional climate assessments, intergroup dialogue, curricular diversity requirements in higher education, and leadership identity formation for Queer and Trans students. Recently, Brett co-authored research linking how academic persistence towards an undergraduate degree is impacted by negative campus climates for queer-spectrum college students. In addition to all the above, Brett has the wit and sense of humor that will one day land him a job working at The Onion or developing Gieco commercials, and throughly enjoys all the wonderful outdoor opproutinities that come with living in Arizona.