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
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.
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 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.
Off Campus Student Center Graduate Assistant
I am originally from Boston, and grew up there and in Randolph, Massachusetts. I graduated from UMass Amherst in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and immediately enrolled in my current program, pursuing my Master’s degree in Higher Education.
I was very active in my undergraduate career here at UMass. I served as the Executive Director of the University Programming Council, as a Resident Assistant, and in the student government as the Student Trustee for the Amherst campus. Ask me about how to get involved with student groups on campus, or ask where to find some great food off-campus!