The newest staff members in the UT Division of Student Affairs were welcomed to campus with an open house last week in the Office of Multicultural Student Services.The event, complete with a Valentine’s Day holiday theme featuring a card-creating station and a chocolate fountain, was a fun way to invite students to meet the new members of the University community and learn more about the services they and others in the division can provide.
“Everyone at the University is here for the students, but these new staff members have specific roles to reach out to students with programming, training, counseling and other services to ensure their education and personal success,” Dean of Students Michele Martinez said.
Fatima Pervaiz has been hired as the program coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Her work will focus on diversity training for students and student organizations, as well as providing support for LGBTQA Initiatives. Pervaiz previously served as a youth educator for the AIDS Resource Center Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio.
Dale Pelz will serve in the new role of retention specialist. Prior to joining UT, he worked at Kent State University and Arizona State University in academic affairs.
Stephanie McGuire-Wise is the newest clinical counselor to join the UT Counseling Center. She comes to UT from Behavioral Connections of Wood County Inc.
And Jessica Merritt, currently a project manager in the Office of Student Involvement, will provide support for African-American Initiatives within the Office of Multicultural Student Services.