Julian McKinney, Graduate Assistant
Julian is the Retention and Success Graduate Assistant and Mentor in the Office of Academic Enrichment for the AVID First Year Experience Program. Julian is from Arlington, Texas and he is currently working on completing a Masters in Mass Communication with a concentration in Strategic Communication and Innovation at Texas Tech University. Julian's role as the Retention and Success Program Assistant for the AVID First Year Experience program, is to monitor and improve the progress of members through program evaluation, prepare reports concerning member engagement and concerns, and to provide recommendations in order to increase member involvement and success. Julian also works alongside the Supervisor in the Office of Academic Enrichment to assess the needs of AFYE members, and to design a plan to empower AFYE members to successfully transition into their second year at Texas Tech University. Julian is also a Diversity Ambassador for the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and he hopes that his contributions and experience with diverse populations will continue to add value to his passion for increasing public safety through the reduction of future criminal behavior.
Ciarra Galindo, Program Assistant
Ciarra Galindo is a Program Assistant for the Office of Academic Enrichment. She is currently working on completing a Bachelor's Degree in University Studies in Human Development Family Studies, Social Work, and Personal Finance Planning, at Texas Tech University. Ciarra has been an AVID Ambassador for Lubbock ISD, where her job was to develop academic and personal strengths of AVID students, assist the students in the successful completion of college eligibility requirements, provide academic support for students in rigorous courses, encourage students to enroll in a four-year college or university after high school graduation, and serve as coach and mentor to AVID students. Ciarra also works alongside the Unit Coordinator to administer staff, programs, activities and partnerships that help fulfill the mission for the AVID First Year Experience Program.
Meeraf Mulugeta, Program Assistant
Meeraf Mulugeta is a Program Assistant and Mentor for the Office of Academic Enrichment. She is currently working on completing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and Minor in Biology in the College of Arts and Science at Texas Tech University. Meeraf is the Marketing and Media Program Assistant for the AVID First Year Experience Program, and her role is to enhance advertising and promote the success and retention for members in the AVID First Year Experience Program. Meeraf is also a Peer Mentor for the program. Her role in this position is to build relationships with her mentees in the AVID First Year Experience program, so that they feel safe and comfortable to achieve higher education. Meeraf has also taken on the role of a TAME Intern for the Lubbock Chapter, encouraging participation for marginalized groups to enter STEM careers through innovative, hands-on learning for K-12 students.
Madison Kennedy, Program Assistant
Madison Kennedy is a Program Assistant and Mentor for the Office of Academic Enrichment. She is currently on the President's List working on completing a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, and Arabic at Texas Tech University. She is involved on campus with Triota; a Women's Studies Student Organization, the Gender and Sexuality Association; and the LGBTQIA Welcoming Association. By being on the crew for Red Raider Orientation, she has learned methods of communication that allow her to advocate for student achievement and success in higher education. Madison strives to promote diversity equity and inclusion, not only in education but in her daily life by being a voice for those that are not heard, in the hopes that one day everyone who is a minority will feel safe and celebrated rather than marginalized. Madison is determined to encourage her mentees to become well rounded, aware leaders who will promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in and beyond college.