We have a staff of professionals and current students who live off campus and know what it takes to transition to off campus living.
Associate Dean of Students, Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement
I grew up on Cape Cod, working in my family’s lawn, garden, and marine business from a young age. I earned a BS in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Hampshire and both a MS and PhD in Public Health from UMass Amherst.
As Associate Dean, I lead Off Campus Student Life, providing support, programming, resources, trainings, and social events for campus community members who live in area neighborhoods. I create opportunities for community outreach, foster student engagement in the community, and maintain liaison relationships with town officials, landlords, residents and university staff. I enjoy developing innovative peer mobilization and other community-led initiatives, such as Walk This Way, Team Positive Presence, and the Watch for Me Campaign, and working with diverse groups of stakeholders to promote campus safety, civility, UMass pride, and community involvement.
Maura S. Roberts
Off Campus Student Life Program Coordinator
I grew up in Amherst, about two miles down the road from UMass. In May 2009, I graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and the Study of Women and Gender. After graduating, I moved to Boston and started working at Brandeis University both in Administration and Finance and then as the coordinator for the Office of Planning and Institutional Research.
In the fall of 2014, I moved back to Amherst to start the joint Master of Public Policy and Administration and Master of Education in Higher Education program and graduated in May 2017. I worked for the past two years as a Graduate Assistant in the Off Campus Student Center and as of June 1st have joined the team as a full time staff member excited to continue the work!
Team Positive Presence/Walk This Way Graduate Assistant
I am originally from Reno, Nevada. I moved to Western Massachusetts to attend Mount Holyoke College where I double-majored in Gender Studies and Spanish. After graduating in 2010, I spent some time working in psychosocial rehabilitation where I ran a Transition- Aged Youth (TAY) program. I worked on advocacy issues pertaining to mental health diagnoses, as well as access to education, employment, and housing. After this, I worked for a federally-designated antipoverty organization within their Youth Programs division as an LGBTQ Program Specialist. I ran a weekly youth programming in both Franklin and Hampshire County; built-up a peer leadership development program, and worked on issues of sexual health education, self-injurious harm and suicide prevention. I worked in tandem with young folks to host and attend numerous events and conferences. I then worked as an Admission Counselor and LGBTQ Liaison at a small, private college in the Springfield area. I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Education within the Social Justice Education Program here at UMass. I oversee Walk This Way (WTW) and Team Positive Presence (TPP)—come by the center or stop by and say hello when we are out and about on campus! When I’m not studying or at work, I enjoy hiking with my dog Brady, playing roller derby, powerlifting, and eating cake.