Career Professional Development Chair of the AA KC
Director of Multicultural Programs
As director of the office of multicultural programs at Valparaiso University, Janelle is responsible for engaging the Valparaiso University community in intercultural dialogue and cultural identity development. Through the implementation of systems, programs, and trainings, Janelle assists students, staff, and faculty in their social/cultural development processes, with the direct focus on underrepresented and minoritized communities. In addition, Janelle coordinates the SMART Connections mentorship program; develops and implements retention strategies for academically at-risk populations; coordinates scholarship programs; advises cultural student groups; and teaches a studies strategies course.
Janelle is originally from Indianapolis, IN and studied psychology at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. After receiving her bachelor's degree, Janelle accepted a position at Washington State University where she served as a residential education director. After spending a couple of years on the west coast, Janelle returned to the Midwest to attend Illinois State University where she earned her Masters of Science in education with a focus in college student personnel administration. After completing her degree, she worked at Northwestern University for several years as a residence director. Within NASPA, Janelle has served in a variety of capacities before joining the African American Knowledge Community's (AAKC) leadership team as the career and professional development chair; positions include NASPA GAP, NASPA IV-E New Professionals and Graduate Students leadership team member, AAKC IV-E Representative, and most recently as a conference planning team member for the 2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute.