RIISE Welcomes Research & Analysis Director, Alissa Mayers!

 

Alissa Mayers, RIISE Research & Analysis Director

Alissa Mayers, RIISE Research & Analysis Director

Our network continues to benefit from like-minded folks eager to support equitable & inclusive success in private, independent school education. Earlier, we introduced you to our esteemed advisory team. And, along with this phenomenal board of advisors, we continue to receive support from parents, students and alumni who intentionally balance the experiences – successes and challenges, of independent school education when it comes to diversity. Our goal is to support continued and sustainable diversity recruitment plus, and just as important, well-balanced retention among families of color navigating independent schools. At our recent event on Girls of Color at The Chapin School, we had the great fortune of meeting Alissa Mayers, who generously expressed her passion and scholar in support of the work do. So, it’s official,we have a bona-fide researcher who will help us interpret, advise, and craft additional ways to build alliances for legacy through distinguished education. Join us in welcoming our Research & Analysis Director, Alissa Mayers!

more on Alissa Alissa grew up in Brooklyn, NY and had an opportunity at the age of 14 to be a part of a youth opportunity program (The Albert G. Oliver Program) that changed the trajectory of her life. She had attended an independent school for high school, Trinity School, which opened her eyes to new possibilities and the Ivy League. She fell in love with Brown University and attended college there, studying Psychology and Africana Studies. She then moved on to pursue graduate study at The George Washington University and the University of Maryland. She holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation counseling and has extensive training and expertise in Counseling Psychology and research methods. She worked with Pre-College Programs at the University of Maryland focusing on strategic planning and analysis around student achievement and  transitioning from high school to college. She brings that same expertise to RIISE, using her experiences with independent schools to provide an analytic perspective to RIISE and the services we provide. Ultimately, she wants families of color to be aware of the same opportunities that impacted her life at an early age and believes “that with adequate support and exposure a student can succeed in any new environment.” She is excited to join the RIISE team and be a part of all of the services and support we can provide for families of color entering independent schools and families already in the independent school system.

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