If you’ve stopped into The Bridge recently, you’ve probably seen a few new faces. Here’s your chance to learn all about our new Upward Bound staff!
Name: Amanda Small
Position: TRIO Upward Bound Advisor and Equity & Inclusion Compliance Specialist
Where are you from? I consider Brainerd my hometown.
Family info: Ben (very soon to be 16), Gaby (13), Wally (6yo fur baby)
Your education: BA Social Work, recently applied to grad school for Sociology
What do you like about your job? Students! Teaching self-advocacy and supporting student success.
Advice to students: You only know what you know, so explore your world and expand your perspective. Learn something new every day.
Name: Jenni Brose
Position: Assistant Director of TRIO Upward Bound Programs
Where are you from? Howard Lake, Minnesota
Family info: Married with three boys
Your education: Master of Arts in Education
What do you like about your job? Learning about the Upward Bound programs and the students we serve.
Advice to students: “Persevere. Life is full of ups and downs and many curve balls. Don’t be afraid to take an alternate route when the roadblock is not gonna budge.” (Tamra Becker Hall)
Name: Cash Robinson
Position: Upward Bound Academic Advisor & Equity Inclusion Retention Coach
Where are you from? I’m from Miramar FL , located on the boarder of Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
Family info: I have no family but my kids in Minnesota (Not married). Most of my family lives in Florida & New York.
Your education: I have a Bachelor’s in Social Work and Organizational Behavior
Advice to students: A phase I like to share with others is: “Be open to new experiences. The connection you make can last a lifetime.”
Name: Kevin Lattu
Position: Upward Bound Academic Advisor
Where are you from? St. Paul, MN
Family info: I have a large but close-knit extended family.
Your education: B.A. Social Studies Education, Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
What do you like about your job? I love being able to work one on one with students, helping them to reach their goals and ambitions.
Advice to students: Learning about yourself in college is just as important as learning the class material. Put yourself out there, take risks, and try new things!