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Residential Staff and CPP Community

Who are the Residential Staff?

The CPP residential staff consists of our Resident Advisors (RAs) and our experienced Resident Director (RD). The entire residential staff team lives in the Shepard residence hall during the program.

Roles, Responsibility, Supervision

Please read the Standards of Conduct Contract carefully, which define the rules and regulations for students in the College Prep Program. The Residential Staff is on campus to help facilitate our community, and also to enforce these rules and policies, which are set with your safety in mind.

Residential Students are permitted to explore the area unaccompanied by program staff, but must inform a program staff member before doing so and must return for check-in by the specified time. Please note: this rule does not apply to absences approved by parental consent.

Importance of Community

Community is central to the College Prep experience.

For Residential Students, the RAs and RD will be there from the very beginning-to help you move in to the dorm and get adjusted in your life on campus. They are there to help you learn to balance your study time with your extracurricular time, so that you get the most out of your classes and have fun.

Commuter Students are also an important part of the College Prep community. You'll be invited to participate in College Prep extracurricular events. And, you'll have the option of checking out a key to the main area of the College Prep dorm so that you can use the common lounge to study and spend time with your peers.

Meet the 2016 College Prep Program Residential Staff

Name: Toya
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: Communication Studies, Sports and Recreation Management, Psychology

"I am excited to work and spend my third summer at Northwestern University. This will be my first summer with College Prep, the other two summers were with Center for Talent Development. I have over a decade of experience supervising college staff and working in the residence halls. I have a B.A. in Communication Studies, a M.A. in Sports and Recreation Management and a M.A. in Psychology (Diversity Management/Org. Psych). I was born in Chicago, IL and brought up in Cleveland, OH. I spent most of my childhood in Chicago during the summer. While I have two hometowns, I cheer for Chicago sports teams! Currently, I am a para-educator in the U-46 School district. I hope that all the students and staff enjoy this summer with CPP and gain a lot from their experience."

Name: Lateef
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: TV-Video Production

"Hello Everyone! My name is Lateef Wearrien and I am just a kid from Brooklyn, NY. I graduated from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, or just SUNY Plattsburgh for short.I have a Bachelors Degree in TV-Video Production. During my time in Plattsburgh, I had a chance to studied aboard in Australia, New Zealand, and Costa Rica. I was an RA for three years, President of the Black Student Union and also a Step Up facilitator. Currently, I am pursing my masters in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs at the University of Buffalo. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, dancing, eating, sleeping, watching Netflix, and shooting videos. I know we are going to have a blast this summer, and can't wait to meet everyone!!"

Name: Chandra
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Major: Psychology

"Hi! My name is Chandra and I’m from Pittsburgh.  I’m a rising junior in Northwestern’s Honors Program in Medical Education majoring in Psychology. At school, I’m pretty involved in the South Asian Student Alliance, Student Government and Club Tennis Team. When I’m not doing these things, I really like playing sports (Soccer, Tennis, Frisbee, Football, etc.), hanging out with friends, reading, and watching movies. I’m really excited for this summer, and I can’t wait to meet all of you guys!"

Name: Emily
Hometown: Glencoe, IL
Major: Political Science

"Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I am originally from Glencoe, IL --- which is a suburb about 40 minutes north of Chicago. I am currently a rising senior at Vassar College and majoring in Political Science with a double minor in Women Studies and Social and Political Philosophy. I had the amazing opportunity to spend a semester abroad in New Zealand, and after graduation I plan on taking a gap year back to Wellington, New Zealand. Ultimately I hope to pursue a graduate degree and hopefully one day become a Professor. Besides my academic interests, on campus I have been involved in numerous student organizations such as our Queer Coalition, Feminist Alliance, and had served two years on our Judicial Board. I also love to run, hike, and play tennis. I am really excited to be working as an RA/TA for CPP this summer and can't wait to meet all of you!"

Name: Tiffany
Hometown: East Bay, CA
Major: Biological Sciences

"Welcome to the College Prep fam! My name is Tiffany; I was born and raised in the East Bay, California, and I'm currently a rising junior at Northwestern on the premed track. This is my first summer working for the CPP, but I actually participated in the CPP as a high school student in 2013! As an undergrad, I do nanomaterial research within the VPD Group, serve as a senator on the Associated Student Government (ASG), and am involved in leadership, multicultural Greek life, and community service. As an RA, I hope to serve as a resource for students unsure of any aspect of life at Northwestern. I have a younger sister heading to UPenn this fall so I'm well versed in providing answers. Don't be afraid to approach me with questions!"

Name: Christa
Hometown: Hemlock, MI
Major: Sociology

"Hello everyone! I’m super excited to meet you all soon! J I just graduated with my B.S. Degree from Central Michigan University, last December. I was fortunate to have many unique opportunities during my undergraduate career - like being a student in the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, assisting in teaching 3 courses about oppression and discrimination in America, working with amazing people as the Conference Hall Director at CMU’s Biological Station and Institute for Great Lakes Research for 2 years, and creating publishable research in my field. Starting this fall I will be serving as an AmeriCorps member for City Year Detroit, and will be applying to Sociology Doctoral Programs for the following year. In my free time I enjoy hiking/exploring, yoga, cooking, crafts (I packed a bunch to share!), and good conversation! This will be my first summer as an TA/RA at Northwestern and I can’t wait to spend it learning and laughing with you! J Take care!"

Name: Kandace
Hometown: Oxford, Mississippi
Majors: Psychology and Cognitive Science

"Hi everyone! My name is Kandace Webb and I’m a rising junior here at Northwestern.  I’m double majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science with the hope of becoming a Forensic Psychologist.   I’m from Oxford, Mississippi and have lived there all of my life, so I was excited to experience the hustle and bustle of Chicago.  On campus, I’m a mentor for the Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL) which involves leading weekly meetings with students to discuss topics such as time management and interacting with faculty.  I work as an event assistant in Alice Millar Chapel, and I have also been a research assistant for Kellogg’s Management and Organizations department for the past two quarters.  In my free time, I enjoy trying out the various restaurants in Evanston and watching Law and Order: SVU, Chopped, or Judge Judy on Xfinity. This will be my first time working with CPP, and I hope that I can utilize my college experiences to help everyone get the most out of this program.  I’m excited to meet you all!"

Name: Keji
Hometown: Khartoum, Sudan
Major: Cross-Cultural & International Education

"My name is Keji Kujjo, and I'm a master’s student in the Cross-Cultural & International Education program at Bowling Green State University. I focus on studying international educational development and marginalized populations. I'm from Khartoum, Sudan, and completed my undergraduate career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I'm very passionate about promoting women’s education and international development. In my free time I enjoy volunteering, dancing, cooking with friends, braiding, shopping, and watching Netflix. I'm excited to learn more about American College Prep programs and to bring my international student perspective to the discussion table. I am truly looking forward to relating this program to my course work and taking away valuable lessons that I can draw upon for my studies and future work."

Name: Jacob
Hometown: Hume, IL
Majors: Intercultural Studies and Sociology

"A few weeks ago, I completed my undergraduate studies at Elmhurst College in suburban Chicago. In the process of earning my BA, I interned with a community-based NGO in Cape Town, studied English and politics at Queen Mary University of London, and observed everyday school life in northern Namibia. I have also gone around the world on a ship (while taking classes and doing field work, of course) with Semester at Sea. Last summer, I served as the program director of a small resident summer camp near my home in rural Central Illinois. I am an academic at heart and am interested in studying the intersection of education, tourism, imperialism, and humanitarianism from a post-disciplinary social approach. In the fall, I will begin an MA program in Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. I am excited to welcome the CPP scholars and engage in what is sure to be an experiential and fun knowledge inquiry. Basically, I'm pumped to discover together!"

Name: Kaylee
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: Environmental Policy

"Hi everyone! I'm Kaylee, and I'm from Chicago. Although I grew up in the city, I attended high school in Wilmette so I spent a lot of my high school years up and down the scenic North Shore. I'm a rising senior at Union College in upstate New York. At my a tiny liberal arts college I major in Environmental Policy and minor in Political Science. This past fall term I had the opportunity to study abroad in York, England (2 hours from London) and am currently preparing for a winter break trip to Cape Town, South Africa. In Cape Town I will study public history and their post- apartheid society. This is my first summer working for the College Prep Program and I look forward to having an awesome summer with everyone!"


Name: Kyle
Hometown:Portland, OR
Major: History and Secondary Education

"Hi there everyone! This will be my second year working with CPP and the "Writing for College Success" Course. I recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Secondary Education and History, spending a lot of time in Chicago-area schools and historic institutions like the Pritzker Military Library and the Newberry Library. My future plans include teaching or becoming a librarian (assuming record deals don't come pouring in first). When I'm not grading papers I love to play music at open mic nights, hike around, play Ultimate Frisbee and video games, rollerblade, and explore Chicago. Living in Evanston for the past year, I've seen the wonders of places like Vintage Vinyl and the glorious smells of Bennison's Bakery. I can't wait to help you guys have a great summer in Evanston too!"

Name: Lynn
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Major: Spanish and International Studies

"Hey y'all! My name is Lynn Ryan. I´m from Nashville, Tennessee and I attended Saint Louis University for my undergraduate studies where I double majored in Spanish and International Studies with an English minor. I studied abroad in Spain and Ecuador and engaged in a ton of service work and grant writing both domestic and abroad. I am currently an English as a Second Language teacher with Teach for America--Memphis and am simultaneously working towards my MS Ed from Johns Hopkins University. This summer I hope to convey to students the wide array of possibilities for their futures while helping clarify for them what is needed to reach those big goals. I am especially passionate about immigration and education and in my free time you can find me inhaling Chipotle or watching documentaries. As a newcomer to Chicago, I am thrilled to arrive and go exploring with you all."

Name: Andree
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Major: Critical Race Theory, Studio Art, and American Literature and Culture

"A recent transplant to Chicago, I arrive to the Midwest after living in Toronto, New York City and Amsterdam, all within the last two years! I was a Critical Race Theory major at Hampshire College and a SAGE Fellow at Cornell University where I obtained an MFA in visual arts. I specialize on Super8 and 16mm film installations that deal with issues of race, transnationalism and Diasporas. As a practicing artist I have shown work in New York City, Paris, Amsterdam, and Lausanne to name a few. When I’m not in academia or the art world you can find me on set for various film productions, ranging from Academy Award winning films to smaller experimental foreign projects. In September I begin graduate school at the University of Chicago."

Name: Emily
Hometown: Dublin, OH
Major: Linguistics and Anthropology

"Hello everyone, I’m Emily! I’m a 2015 alumna of the University of Michigan where I spent my time  studying for my BA in linguistics and anthropology, coxing boats for the rowing team, and eating way too many donuts from Ann Arbor’s fabled Washtenaw Dairy. As a junior, I studied abroad at the London School of Economics. Now, as a graduate student, I study interactional sociolinguistics, creative agency and gesture at UChicago. I’m so excited to get to know everyone as TA for the Arts & Culture seminar this summer!"