Meet Kofi Barko, Assistant Director of the Titan Success Center!
Kofi Barko lives by the philosophy “If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together”. He understands that success is a result of collective effort by all stakeholders. As a student affairs professional his number one goal is to help students go farther and excel in their academics, careers and personal lives. He helps students build a strong foundation by providing them with resources they need, connecting them to relevant personnel and motivating them to persevere.
He enjoys working with students of diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and experiences as it challenges him to broaden his worldview. His interests in philosophy, psychology and sociology are fueled by a desire to understand inequity in society and how to address it through education.
On weekends and during breaks Kofi enjoys reading mystery novels, learning about art history and watching seasons –yes, seasons- of his favorite t.v. shows on Netflix.
To him, helping students develop the skills they need to be successful is the most exciting part of being the Assistant Director. Stop by and speak to him in the Titan Success Center.
To contact Kofi, email email@example.com
Meet Erin Brown, an Academic Success Coach in the Titan Success Center!
Erin is a Houston native and Indiana University South Bend School of Education alum and current Counseling and Human Services graduate student who adores libraries, learning, and alliteration. She has worked as an English teacher in South Bend middle schools and high schools and for TRiO’s Summer Academy; she finds teenagers hilarious. When Erin was an undergrad student at IU South Bend, she worked as a peer mentor offering moral support and advising fellow students in navigating the campus, in building study skills and strategies, and in financial and time management.
In her free time, Erin is a homebody who revels in reading horror and thriller novels, creating silly cross stitches, and just hanging out with her husband and two sons. When she does leave home, she loves to travel to new cities to explore and people-watch.
Serving as an Academic Success Coach allows Erin to continue her mission to help students succeed and reach their academic goals. She looks forward to meeting all of you Titans!
Stop in and say hello and let Erin show you what the Titan Success Center can do for you!
To contact Erin, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Araceli Lepe Moreno
Araceli was born and raised in California. She moved to Indiana after finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services in the School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. Araceli has helped students be successful since she was a student worker in high school. From 2004 to 2006, she was an English Level Collaborator at Goshen High School (GHS), and then from 2006 to 2015, she was the GHS English Language Learner Advisor. In this capacity, she worked with students of different nationalities and cultures. Araceli firmly believes that education is the key to success and in spring 2018 she completed a Master’s in Social Work at IU South Bend.
In her free time, Araceli likes to spend time with her spouse and two children, Naomi and Victor. She also enjoys reading and traveling to California and Mexico to visit family.
As an Academic Success Coach with the Titan Success Center, Araceli is excited to continue her work with students and is ready to help them reach their goals of earning bachelor’s degree at IU South Bend.
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Sra. Cynthia, as she is known to her students, is a native Hoosier who graduated from Northwood High School and went on to attend Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) in 1980. At IUB, she participated in the Indiana/California Overseas Study Program where she lived with a host family in Lima, Peru for a year. This experience led her to later graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Social Work from Goshen College in 1991. She has also earned a Bachelor of General Studies with a Paralegal Certificate from Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) in May 2012 and (Primero Díos) hopes to complete her unfinished Master’s degree when she retires!
Her professional career includes 12 years at La Casa of Goshen, a non-profit social services and housing development corporation, three years as Director of the Partners for Learning Pre-college Program at Goshen College, and 14 years as the Recruitment/Retention Counselor for Latino and other underrepresented minority students at IUSB. Cynthia currently serves as a Titan Success Coach for Titan Success Center at IUSB. She is honored to have spent more than a quarter of a century partnering with Latino communities in Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties. She has been honored as advisor to the Latino Student Union, as Administrator of the Year by the IU South Bend Student Government, and for outstanding service and dedication to the Latino community by the Civil Rights Heritage Center of IU South Bend. She was the “Humanity Knows No Borders” award recipient during the tenure of former La Casa de Amistad Director Rebecca Ruvalcaba and again under the current leadership of Director Samuel Centellas. She has also received the La Casa and Hispanic Leadership Coalition (HLC) Adelante Program Certificate of Excellence. She is a current member of the Indiana Latino Higher Education Council, past member of the Hispanic Leadership Coalition of St. Joseph County, former founding Board member for the Center for Legal Justice, and former Board member and Vice-Chair for the Latin American Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her students, who are her “familia,” she is also a proud mom to daughters, Megan and Chelsey and abuelita to her grandchildren Claire and Liam.
To contact Cynthia, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lori began working for IU South Bend in 2017 and currently works in the Titan Success Center as an Administrative Assistant. She is dedicated to working alongside and supporting the Academic Success Coaches with the shared commitment in providing students the help and guidance they need.
Outside of work, Lori enjoys traveling, going to concerts, attending sporting events and especially spending time with her family.
Lori is excited to work with and provide support to her colleagues and learn new and different processes and information. She looks forward to greeting the students and making them feel welcome at the Titan Success Center.
To contact Lori, email email@example.com
Alexandra is a First Generation IU South Bend Alum. While attending Indiana University South Bend, she participated in Japanese Club, Dance Club, and worked as a Tour Guide in the Admission’s Office. She is grateful for the guidance and support that IU South Bend has provided to help her reach her goals! Now as a member of the Titan Success Center team, she wants the carry on IU South Bend’s mission to help students along the way!
Before Alex joined the Office of Student Engagement and Success, she worked as a staff assistant for the Health Services department at the University of Notre Dame and as a membership assistant at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Alex has enjoyed getting to know students from all over the world. She also had the pleasure of spending time in the community by volunteering at Stone Soup Community and Downtown South Bend’s events.
In her spare time, Alex enjoys sewing, crafting, hiking, reading, attending Broadway shows, and watching an occasional Netflix marathon.
To contact Alexandra, email firstname.lastname@example.org.