Brown-Edwards named advisor to Hope Chicago at WIU

Brown-Edwards named advisor to Hope Chicago at WIU

August 23, 2022

MACOMB, IL — Tammie Leigh Brown-Edwards, a Western Illinois University alumnus and longtime Macomb resident, has been named an advisor for WIU’s new Hope Chicago program.

Brown-Edwards, who recently graduated from WIU’s Master of Student Personnel, will support the WIU Hope Chicago cohort, which is made up of approximately 60 students who started at WIU this fall. Additionally, Brown-Edwards, part of WIU’s Office of Retention Initiatives, will develop and implement programs and events to improve retention, graduation rates, and support for Hope Chicago and other WIU students. .

In the summer of 2022, WIU and Hope Chicago partnered on an innovative new two-generation college scholarship program committed to investing $1 billion in post-secondary scholarships for Chicago public school students and their parents over the next decade.

As a partner university of Hope Chicago, future Hope Scholars at Western are eligible for the full range of comprehensive support that Hope Chicago offers, including scholarships to cover all academic and extracurricular expenses.

“We are thrilled to have Tammie Leigh join our office and serve as an advisor for this new program. While a graduate student at WIU, she worked at the First Year Advising Center and served as an advisor to WIU groups. Her experiences at WIU , coupled with his drive and commitment to our students, will serve our Hope Chicago – and all WIU students – very well,” said Retention Initiatives Executive Director Justin Schuch.

In addition to her work as a graduate assistant at the Counseling Center, Brown-Edwards has also worked as a graduate assistant for Academic Success Workshops and at the Veterans Resource Center. She also completed an internship as the Summer Conference and Housing Coordinator for Residence Education and Housing Services at Michigan Technological University, and she was a co-instructor of the orientation course. transfer for the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

“College can — and should — be a life-changing experience that prepares students for the next chapter in their lives,” Brown-Edwards said. “It is absolutely imperative that students are supported and have the resources to succeed. I am beyond thrilled to be an advisor, mentor, and resource for Hope Chicago Leathernecks at WIU.”

Brown-Edwards is also a councilor for the town of Macomb and has been involved in many diversity and social justice initiatives within Macomb, including Macomb Moving Forward, Macomb Juneteenth (co-founder), 309 Day (founder), City of Macomb Pronom Day, Vivian Society (co-founder), to name a few. At WIU, she is a counselor for the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority and a member of the Lambda Lavender Honor Society.

She received her master’s degree from WIU and her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. She also holds an associate degree from Waubonee Community College.

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