Hi there! I was born and raised in Eastern Washington before moving to our lovely Emerald City to study at the University of Washington. The UW was big, but I was lucky to have friendly professors and inviting programs that made me feel connected and at home. For me that is a great goal for us in Academic Support Programs: to make every student feel supported and at home.
I loved my undergraduate experience, where I studied English and the Comparative History of Ideas, and decided to continue my studies. In graduate school, I spent a lot of time thinking about how American universities can better welcome a diverse student population and offer classes that reflect an equally diverse curriculum. Graduate school was difficult, but truly rewarding. In 2008 I received my PhD in the English Department at the UW.
Over the years I have studied in Italy and Spain and taught for two years at a large public university in Southern Morocco. As I know how exhilarating, mind-opening and challenging it can be to live and learn in a country and culture that is not your own, I am grateful to be part of a team in Academic Support Programs committed to helping our students from all corners of the world succeed.
Outside of school I love playing and listening to all kinds of music (I’m a drummer), checking out art, cooking, and getting into the beautiful Washington State out-of-doors. I love hanging with my family and friends. After seeing some amazing parts of the world, I can say that Seattle is one of my favorite places to be.
Please come visit me in ASP and let me know how I can help you at the University of Washington!
Growing up I was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i which taught me about the values of community and family. From a young age, I learned so much from the community around me and strive to bring a compassionate heart everywhere I go.
In 2014, I decided to move to Seattle to pursue higher education and learn from a new community of people. I went to Seattle Pacific University (SPU) where I studied psychology and learned about subject areas that I was passionate about. My college experience taught me that in order to be successful in higher education, I needed the community of people around me. From being involved on campus in many different organizations that sparked my passions in sharing my culture, service, and event planning, I learned about the field of Student Affairs.
From there, I decided to continue my educational pursuit at Seattle University where I graduated in June 2020 with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Student Development Administration. During my time in the program, I had the opportunity to intern with Academic Support Programs, and I am excited to continue working with an amazing team and students!
I value community, collaboration, and compassion where I believe that each person has their own strengths and that working together to achieve our goals truly makes a difference. In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends, trying new food places, binge watching tv shows, and working on new art projects.
Please feel free to reach out, and let me know what I can do to best support you at the University of Washington!
Hello! Welcome to CLUE!
I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to Oregon to attend Willamette University. While I always thought I would move back to the sunshine and ocean, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling where I quickly realized that while I had a passion for supporting folks through difficult transitions, I did not want to be a mental health counselor. I found Student Success and Advising at Western Oregon University and was able to work with students who were facing barriers to their education, going through tough transitional times, and provided academic support and a place for students to be heard.
Working primarily with first generation and low income students, I realized the importance of providing a community and supportive space for students to achieve success in college. When my husband and I decided to move to Seattle, I fell in love with the mission of Academic Support Programs and CLUE. I am looking forward to being a part of a community that is supportive of all students at UW and provides a space where it is okay and normal to ask for help.
My husband and I love the outdoors and take every chance we get to go hiking, rafting, skiing/snowboarding, or just enjoying nature. We have two cats, Marshawn (go Seahawks!) and Emmitt who often make an appearance in Zoom calls as my lovely assistants.
Please feel free to reach out and connect with me! I am here to support you in any way I can during your time at the University of Washington!
Hi! My name is Kassandra Franco, I go by Kassy, and I am one of CLUE's FDMs! I have lived in Seattle since I was 12, and before that I was in Laoag City, Philippines. I am majoring in Informatics, and hope to someday work in designing for digital wellness. In my free time, I like to read books, watch Bojack Horseman and/or the Office and/or Friends, and try different foods (my favorite, though is probably Eritrean food, specifically injera, shiro, and hard boiled eggs!).