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Multicultural Network Professional of the Month - January 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nikki Bartoloni
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Multicultural Network Professional of the Month - January 2018
Re'Shanda Grace-Bridges, Director, University of Dayton

"Re'Shanda has been a longstanding outstanding member of the NODA community for a long time! I first met Re'Shanda in 2007 as a graduate student intern for the NODA Annual Conference in Dallas, and Re'Shanda was a member of the conference committee. During her work at the University of Texas-San Antonio, Re’Shanda developed an amazing orientation program that has been shared & modeled at institutions across the region & nation. This has included her Team Challenge & The Quest system, undergraduate & graduate student structure, staffing & training, and sociodrama presentations. She has continued this development of revamping & developing model traditional orientation, extended orientation, and a family weekend program at the University of Dayton. Her Family Weekend program at the University of Dayton has been routinely noted for its intentionality of inclusion. Re'Shanda has been commitment to the development of so many graduate students through her work as a NODA intern supervisor since the early 2000s. She makes each graduate student feel included and connected to the OTR field. In fact, when she was nominated for and received the 2015 NODA Region VII and NODA National Outstanding OTR Professional of the Year Award, her nomination packet included more than 10 nomination letters from past NODA Interns, many of whom identified as having a diverse background and felt included because of Re'Shanda. Re'Shanda is very deserving of this highlight. She has given back to the Association and made sure that inclusion has been highlighted through her work on multiple Annual Conference Committees (2007, 2010, and 2015), on the Graduate Student Network (she has served as the Doctoral Initiatives Coordinator and brought inclusion the population of doctoral students who have not been represented in GSN programming), on the National Board of Directors (from 2010-2013), and on Regional Conference Committees in both Region IV (her previous region prior to 2012) and in Region VII (her current region since 2012)." - From her nominator

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