The following is a list of campus members who serve as Foster Liaisons:
Library Technician: Resources Sharing
Hamersly Library HL 117G
Having been a foster parent, having family involved in the foster system, and having employed foster students has provided me with a deep understanding of the unique challenges foster students experience in higher education. For WOU foster students I would like to use this knowledge and experience to provide an additional layer of compassionate support and mentorship. You are not alone, ever.
Director, Service Learning & Career Development
Werner University Center WUC 119
firstname.lastname@example.org; office: 503.838.8648; cell: 541.908.3705
Interested in assisting students with a variety of barriers with support and resources.
Associate Director, University Housing
1st floor of Ackerman Hall in the University Housing Office
I am connected to the foster care system through the incredible students that I have worked with in the past that have been in/out/around/through the foster care system. I want to help students to succeed by ensuring that they have made friends, created partnerships, are knowledgeable of the resources available, and are empowered to utilize their resources and connections. I was a first generation college student. I wouldn’t have known all of the questions to ask or how to get connected and involved if someone hadn’t have helped me. It is both my honor and my responsibility to help others the way that I have been helped in the past.
Asst. to the Vice Pres. for Student Affairs/NSE Program Coordinator
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, WUC 203
I come to this opportunity with the hope that I will be a valuable connection to students at WOU for support and guidance. In my time at WOU I have unofficially mentored a student that was a foster-student and enjoyed the interactions, assistance, and growth the connection provided to both of us.
Veteran Certifying Official and Compliance Coordinator
Administration Building 104
Over the last year, I have developed a heart that want to helps those who are in/from the foster system in any capacity I am able to.
Educational Advisor, TRIO Student Support Services
Student Enrichment Program (SEP)
Academic Programs & Support Center APSC 201
MSSP Advisor, Multicultural Student Services and Programs
Werner University Center WUC 212C
My passion in life is to serve and help others wherever possible. For some time I have considered volunteering with youth in the capacity of a mentor/role model and this experience just came at the right time. So I want to take advantage of the opportunity.
Crystal Granger Ross
Receptionist, Student Health & Counseling Center
Receptionist, Student Health and Counceling
I have interest in supporting our WOU students remove barriers to pursuing their dreams
Director, Student Enrichment Program (TRIO-SSS)
Advising Center 113
Dedicated to providing a personal approach to advising and supporting all students, especially those facing hurdles as a first generation student.
Professor of Biology
Natural Science NS 001
One of my non-traditional students was a former foster child who became a foster parent. She and her husband provided a loving and stable home for their foster children, something she had lacked in her own childhood. From her, I learned a great deal about the realities of the foster care system and gained a deeper respect for the foster students who make it to college. I would like to support them on their pathways of academic and personal achievement.
Rachel A Harrington
Professor of Mathematics Education
I have always wanted to be a foster parent, but I am not able to commit to that right now. It seems like this is a way that I could help.
Professor, Public Policy and Administration
In the past I was faculty advisor to Wolves Fostering Hope, and I enjoy academic advising no matter the program.
Christine Harvey Horning
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
Criminal Justice Department, Maaske Hall MA 226
As a writing instructor for over 20 years, I have read many stories of the various obstacles students have faced in their efforts to make a college education possible. Research shows how important good mentoring is to students’ success, and I would like to be another resource to students whose path to WOU has been through the foster care system.
Bellamy Hall HSS 217
We adopted our daughter from the Oregon state foster system and I have an interest in helping kids from the system make lives where they have choices. I know that our daughter carries a number of burdens that are hard to see or that she hides and that inhibit her from embracing her talents and intelligence. This seemed evident from other children we considered during our adoption process as well. My experience with my daughter has led me to want to bring that experience to help other kids from the system succeed in ways that will work for them.
Professor of Theatre/Division Chair
Rice Auditorium 101B
Many families helped my sister and I when we were young and our family fell apart. I would like to offer my services, my support and perhaps just my attention to students who wish to connect and succeed. I want to be of use in any way I can.
Early Learning Project Specialist, Center on Early Learning/TRI
The Research Institute
email@example.com; 503.838.8293; Cell: 503.999.289
I volunteered because I have college age kids and I know how difficult it can be to navigate through the system and deal with things like financial aid, registration, etc. My own kids turned to me when they needed help and I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for students who don’t have a parent who can help them figure these things out. Foster kids have been through a lot and I’d just like to try to help so maybe college doesn’t seem so overwhelming and they will have a greater chance of being successful – in school and life.
Strategic Partnerships Manager, Center for Academic Innovation
Instructional Technology Center ITC 204C
As a long time student affairs professional who studied first-year transition and retention in my doctoral program, I have seen students struggle first hand. I was also a guardian adlitem in Texas and worked directly with children in the foster care system. I want to help students continue building the resilience and confidence they will need once they graduate from WOU. I want to be your cheerleader and let you know you can be whatever you want to be, regardless of the adversity you have encountered and survived. The old Verizon commercial comes to mind, I want to be in your network so I can help you learn the skills needed to be successful at WOU and beyond.
Computer Science Adjunt Lecturer
Instructional Technology Center 310F
I’ve attended some training classes about foster care and would like to get involved. I believe all students, despite their situation, have the skills to attend and complete college. STudent success is a passion of mine so anything I can do to help would be an honor.
Rosario Peralta Cortez
English Writing Specialist for Spanish Speakers
Academic Programs & Support Center APSC 301
I’m interested in supporting foster students because I believe that the relationships we have with one another are the most important components of living happy, fulfilled lives. Having personal connections with those that have gone through the foster care system, I see the need for a supportive, compassionate, and uplifting community to ensure we care for one another and help each other succeed.
Professor of Communication Studies
Bellamy Hall HSS 114
I have been inspired by the stories of students I’ve met over the years who have experienced foster care, for better and for worse, and come through the experience resilient and inspired to enact social change. I want to connect with foster students at WOU to make sure they are getting the support they need to succeed and have the chance to forge the relationships they want for their future.
NTT Assistant Professor of Behavioral Studies
I have been an active Citizen Review Board member for the past 2 years and more recently, an Advisory Board Member with the Oregon Foster Care system. I am committed to the purpose and goal of helping these children and youth find forever families and thrive in their own self development. As many youth age out of the system we lose track of their whereabouts and hear low statistics of secondary school success. I would like to help change those statistics so that these young people can follow their dreams and aspirations to the fullest.
Director, Student Health & Counseling Center
I want to make sure that students who have been in foster care receive the caring support they need to succeed at WOU. There are many issues that lead a child into the foster care system and also issues that can make it difficult to be in foster care. Our team of medical and counseling professionals are experienced in helping our students with these issues. My wife and I were foster parents to a young lady and the experience was both sad and rewarding. Thank you for this opportunity to help make WOU a supportive environment for all our our students.
Educational Advisor, Student Enrichment Program
Academic Programs & Support Center APSC 201
I have been blessed to work with students who continually impress and inspire me with their resiliency. I have the pleasure of working with students who sometimes feel that the deck is stacked against them, and I get to be a resource for them as they find their path and maneuver through the maze of higher education.
Professor Psychological Sciences
Experience/Interest in foster care and supporting foster students: As a faculty advisor in Psychological Sciences for the past 20 years, I am passionate about working with all students to foster success at WOU and beyond.
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Room 233 Woodcock Education Building
I am volunteering because before I came to higher education my work was primarily with at risk youth which included foster youth. I have witnessed first hand the difficulties that many foster youth face and have also been able to see what a positive impact someone taking the time to help can make on their lives. I would love the opportunity to help in any way that I can.
Administrative Program Assistant, College of Education
RWEC room 220
Kara Westervelt Parker
Administration Building room106D
I volunteered to be a liaison because I’ve been in higher education for 8 years and I have seen the impact that just a little extra specialized help has on students who need it.I have experience in foster care and an interest in supporting students.
Accounting Tech, Physical Plant
Facilties services 119
I have wanted to be involved in the foster care system in some way for awhile now and I have a heart for college students so when this came around I knew I wanted to check it out. I would love to assist foster students at WOU any way I can. I don’t have any experience (yet)! But I see this as a starting point. I look forward to the training and am really excited!