Message from Director of Off-Campus & Commuter Communities, TiRease Holmes
I am delighted to be back in my hometown of the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection… Philadelphia serving in the role of Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Communities. I work with students and neighbors in the area adjacent to the University where students are heavily populated as well as traditional commuter students who commute from family homes. I manage programs that provide support to Off-Campus and commuter students, permanent community residents, and the University. These programs are aimed at improving students and residents experience at La Salle University. I enjoy educating, advocating and serving as a resource for these populations. I also hold students accountable to the University’s Off-Campus Behavioral policies.
I was attracted to La Salle because of the commitment to the students, the holistic experience, the rich resources of the University and surrounding areas, the culture and diversity in the city, and the familiar scenery. I look forward to working with and engaging the many different internal and external constituents that I will have the opportunity to work with in this position.
Message from Commuter Student Services Coordinator, Doris Martinez
I am thrilled that you chose La Salle University to complete your studies. The years you will spend here will fly by quickly, so be sure to take advantage of the resources provided for you, enjoy every moment and seize every opportunity to get involved on campus. Originally from Seattle, Washington, I have worked primarily with commuter and off-campus students for over three years. Truth be told, I’m quite passionate in advocating and programming for commuter and off-campus student populations.
As the Commuter Student Services Coordinator for La Salle University, my primary responsibility is to serve as a liaison for you, our commuter and off-campus students. I work specifically to provide resources and facilitate programs that address and meet the various needs of students beyond the residential campus experience. The greatest part of my job? Meeting and building relationships with amazing students every day. And working with students who are passionate about commuter advocacy and making La Salle a commuter friendly institution by supervising the Commuter Connectors and co-advising C.A.O.S. (Commuter and Off-Campus Student Association). There is plenty in store at Off-Campus Communities this year. Looking forward to meeting you!
Message from Off-Campus Community Coordinator, Kendrell Edwards
It is great to be here at La Salle University! My name is Kendrell Edwards and I am the new member of the Community Development family, serving as the Off- Campus Community Coordinator here at La Salle University, and I am excited to meet and interact with many of you. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland and proud Baltimore Ravens fan; I graduated from Penn State University with my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and my Masters of Arts degree in Community Psychology and Social Change.
Prior to coming to La Salle University I worked as a Resident Hall Director (RHD) for Coppin State University, and before that an Assistant Coordinator of Residence Life at Penn State Harrisburg. Although a lot of my job functions at these previous institutions dealt with on-campus students, I created programming that was geared towards our off-campus students as well. This means providing the “off campus experience” these trips including: bowling, go-kart racing, paint balling, movie, and dinner theaters just to name a few.
As the OCCC my role is to be an advocate for my off-campus student body, but also provide education as to how they have an impact on our local community members. Programming through C.A.O.S, which I advise, and walking through the community are just some ways I plan on being integrated into our community. I look forward to meeting with many of you soon! #TEAMLASALLE