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Meet Our Team

Director Andrea Farquhar,, 205-652-3627
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  Andrea has worked for the UWA SSS grant since 2008, first as our Academic Counselor, then Assistant Director, and now as the Director since 2017. She is responsible for the overall operations of the UWA SSS program.
In her own words… “I believe in the transformative power of education, and feel very fortunate that I have the opportunity work with all our amazing SSS students. They inspire me, and motivate me to advocate for student centered policies that increase persistence and completion rates for all students.”
Academic Coordinator Tanzie Brown,, 205-652-3627
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  Tanzie joined UWA’s SSS program in 2015. She coordinators the SSS Tutoring Center; hiring and training tutors to assess student learning needs and provide tutoring in more than 50 different UWA courses, managing the scheduling for all student tutoring requests, and facilitates a series of academic workshops each year.
In her own words… “As a former first-generation student I understand the struggles, frustration, and lack of information available from a general perspective; and the will power it takes to persevere. I love everything SSS represents and feel as if I am making a difference every day for students that may feel as lost as I did when I first began my educational journey.”  
Academic Counselor Jessica Lotz,, 205-652-3627
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  Jessica is the newest member of the team, joining the program in the fall of 2017. As our counselor she works to ensure that advising needs of all participants are met. She provides academic, career, social/personal, financial, and graduate school advising to all our SSS participants.
In her own words… “As a first-generation college student I value the growth and development that comes with higher education. I believe in the aims and goals of the academic community, be it professor, advisor, counselor, or mentor. When working with SSS students my focus is geared toward success; success as a student and success as an adult.”  
Administrative Assistant Gloria Mayo,, 205-652-3627
  Gloria has been helping UWA’s SSS students for more than thirty years. She trains and supervises all our student-workers, manages all our program data, documentation and participant folders and works closely with the director to ensure that the program operates in compliance with federal guidelines.