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, Dennis Velez
As the newest member of the Off Campus and Commuter Communities team, I am excited about beginning my journey at La Salle University and meeting all of you. My name is Dennis Velez, and I am a proud Connecticut native. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and I recently completed my Master of Arts Degree in Sociology with a concentration in diversity and inequality.
Prior to joining the team at La Salle, I worked as a Resident Director for three years. Despite primarily focusing on residential students, I worked with our Off-Campus students and even some of the commuter students. I realized that I enjoyed those experiences and I wanted to continue working with commuter and off campus students.
In my role as the Off Campus Community Coordinator, I am delighted to be able to serve as an advocate and resource for the students that choose to live in the surrounding areas. I am looking forward to planning programs, getting to know the community members, and helping our students have the best year ever. I am also the adviser for CAOS, the Commuter and Off Campus Student Association. I look forward to meeting our off campus students and I anticipate this being an amazing year!