The mission of Retention and Inclusive Student Success (RISS) is to create and sustain an inclusive learning environment, and to unite broad campus support for the academic excellence of all of our students. We do this by supporting equitable access to all programs on campus, providing academic and co-curricular student support programs dedicated to meeting the needs of our diverse student body. RISS is committed to creating a campus where all students have a voice, feel welcomed, and are able to pursue higher education in a way that respects the diversity of their culture, values, and life experience.
The Office of Retention and Inclusive Student Success is pleased to announce the following new appointments:
Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond as ITEPP Coordinator, effective December 4, 2013. Adrienne replaces a vacancy left by the retirement of Phil Zastrow. Adrienne received a B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and an MBA from Humboldt State University. Most recently, Adrienne has been the Director of the Student Academic Services Outreach Program, Talent Search, and Elite Scholars here at Humboldt State University.
Grace Cardenas-Leal as Director of the Centers for Academic Excellence, effective January 2, 2014. As Director of the Centers for Academic Excellence, Ms. Cardenas-Leal will be responsible for building on existing student support programs at HSU (including the Native American Center for Academic Excellence and the Center for Academic Excellence in STEM) to develop, implement and oversee four identity-based Centers for Academic Excellence (CAEs), to include an African-American Center, an Asian-American & Pacific Islander Center, a Latino/a Center, and a Native American Center. The Director will also oversee the (already existing) MultiCultural Center. These Centers are a key component of HSU’s many current initiatives to support retention and academic excellence.
Grace comes to us from CSU Monterey Bay where she was the Director of Academic and Career Advising Services.
Dr. Kathy Thornhill as Director of Undergraduate Advising, Career Service, Service Learning and Internships, effective January 15, 2014. As Director of Undergraduate Advising, Career Service, Service Learning and Internships, Dr. Thornhill will be responsible for providing leadership and management of programs and services designed to enhance student success including developmental advising, career advising and development, and service learning and internship development and oversight.
Dr. Kathy Thornhill comes to us from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado where she was most recently the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs for the College of Business.