We have a staff of professionals and current students who live off campus and know what it takes to transition to off campus living.
Senior Director, 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
Associate Director, Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement
I grew up in Amherst and have always loved the area and community, which is why working in Off Campus Student Life has been so rewarding. I feel lucky that I'm able to work with students and community members to create a place we can all be proud of and enjoy. Over the last few years, I have been able to see the success of initiatives like Party Smart Registration and Walk This Way, and most recently, my role has expanded to include working to support student parents and other young families in the community. While a student at Smith College I was able to work at Sunnyside, an early childhood center, as well as take courses in child development and I am so excited to return to this world. It's also hard not to enjoy working events where little kids are participating in arts and crafts or singing and dancing!
Prior to my work in Off Campus Student life, I earned a BA from Smith College, a MPPA and M. Ed from UMass Amherst, and I worked at Brandeis University for four years in the planning and institutional research department.
Off Campus Student Center Office Manager
I am a native New Englander, but my life path has carried me from the snow-capped mountains of Aspen, CO, to the sunny shores of Tampa, FL, and back again. Along the way, my career has virtually always revolved around property management and real estate, with significant experience in local student housing. I am incredibly fortunate that my work in this department aligns my profession (housing) with my passion (serving students). It is very rewarding to help students connect with the community and secure a place to live that allows them to pursue their academic interests while also enjoying all the activities that the University and this region have to offer. I also enjoy the energy and reward that comes from working with my awesome teammates and our student-volunteers in programs like Walk This Way, Team Positive Presence, and Good Neighbor Registration.
Off Campus Student Life Coordinator
I'm a native of western Massachusetts, having grown up right down the road in Holyoke. My academic journey led me ever eastward, as I earned my BA in History at Emmanuel College in Boston and my MA in History from the University of Bristol in sunny England before making my way back here to the Pioneer Valley. I've been involved in student outreach initiatives in Amherst since 2020, having worked closely with Team Positive Presence through my previous role as Amherst Ambassador Coordinator with the town. I love connecting students to their neighbors, town resources, and each other, which makes this role so fulfilling. I'm thrilled to be a part of this amazing network of support and positivity in Bartlett Hall!
Graduate Assistant for Team Positive Presence
I call New England home, though Arizona resides in my heart, as well. I studied English, Sociology, and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont before heading westward in a career path that has included chainsaws, childcare, emergency medicine, and lots of education in both front- and backcountry settings. These days, I study School Counselor Education at UMass, enjoy moving my body through space (running! biking! hiking! hockey!), and am excited to get to know the UMass community on and off campus. The OCSC can be a place for everyone, and I'm especially passionate about community partnerships and collaborations with Team Positive Presence!