Joselyn Naranjo earned both her Bachelor’s degree in History in 2013 and a Master’s degree in History in 2014 from Florida International University. Before coming to the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences in 2019, she first joined FIU in 2015 as an undergraduate academic advisor for the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. As of now, she is working on a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on language, literacy, and culture. Her current interests in academic advising lie in higher education policies and their effects on student engagement, success, and access.
Rebeca Arocha has been working with FIU for 10 years. She is a two time FIU alumna, having earned her bachelors in Criminal Justice in 2012 and her Masters in Criminal Justice in 2014. Currently, Rebeca is a doctoral student in the International Crime and Justice program.
Ava is a FIU alumnus, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She joined the KFSCIS team in August 2023. Previously, Ava worked with FIU’s Talent Acquisition & Management Department and with the University of Miami as a Research Assessor. Ava desires to help every student she reaches accomplish their goals and have profound academic success.
Melanie Carrillo is an FIU alumna who earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Certificate in Professional and Public Writing. Prior to joining the KFSCIS Advising team in 2023, Melanie held an internship position at FIU’s Digital Writing Studio and assisted in the creation of digital resources for students and faculty.
Before working for the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences (KFSCIS), she was an International/Academic Advisor in Houston, TX. She traveled nationwide and overseas during her tenure, mentoring, guiding, and advising international college students.
After joining the KFSCIS advising team in 2014, Myrian began running a pilot program to assist students with academic warnings and probation status. In 2015, she founded the Academic Success Initiative (ASI), a tutoring and mentoring program to help students succeed in computer science and IT courses. The program’s success led to an award from NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association, in 2016. ASI also offers professional development and leadership opportunities to tutors to train them with duties and technical projects for the workplace.
Myrian is a two-time alumna of FIU. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Currently, a doctoral student for the Adult Education /Human Resource Development program at FIU. Her research interest focuses on transfer students’ participation and success in computer science and IT.
She is passionate about student success, education, and its transformational power on students and society.
Lauren Morency is an FIU alumna where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2023. Through her time as a student, Lauren was a Vice-President and later on, a President within her Greek Organization dedicated to the service of musical programs across Miami Dade and Broward County. Prior to joining the Knights Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences, Lauren worked as an 8-12 Substitute teacher in Miami-Dade County.
Carla Pagan earned both a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2018 and a Master of Arts in Global Affairs in 2020 from FIU. Before joining the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences (KFSCIS) as an Academic Advisor, she worked for the College of Engineering & Computing’s Advancement Team and for FIU Online as a College Recruiter since 2018. Carla is passionate about student success and engagement within academic advising.
Alexander joined the KFCIS advising team in early 2023 as a two-time alumnus of FIU. He earned an MS in Higher Education Administration, and a BA in Psychology. Previously, Alexander was a Graduate Assistant at the office of Connect4Success, a guided transfer pathway that helps students transition seamlessly to FIU. He also worked at Miami Dade College as a clerk for the Office of the Registrar and Transcript Services assisting students with their transcript requests.
Ms. Ruth Suarez joined FIU in 2013 as an academic undergraduate advisor for the College of Engineering and Computing at the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences. She received in 1988 her BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and her MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996.
Prior to working at FIU Ms. Suarez worked at the Polytechnic University of PR as an adjunct faculty teaching Freshman Engineering Design, Calculus 1 and Engineering Mechanics Statics courses. She also worked for AT&T/Lucent Technologies for the Core Software Unit as a Testing Engineer. In addition, she worked at the American Heritage School teaching Physics and Engineering courses and at MDC as the Accelerated Programs advisor. Her passions are to raise her children to be positive contributors to society, serve God and help students reach their educational goals.
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