An alumnus of Texas Tech University, Mr. Cory Powell cofounded the Lauro Cavasos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program, (Mentor Tech) in 2002. Since that time the San Antonio native has diligently worked to ensure that the program continues to provide mentors and proteges with support, opportunities, and relevant resources. In 2012, Cory co-authored a chapter on Mentor Tech in the published book, "Dimensions of Mentoring: A Continuum of Practice from Beginning Teachers to Teacher Leaders".
Cory is very active in numerous community organizations. He currently serves as the Immediate Past Chairman of the Lubbock Chapter of Commerce Board of Directors and also serves on the Governing Board for Early Head Start. Previously, Cory served on the Board of the Directors for United Way, the Volunteer Center of Lubbock, the American Diabetes Association, and the African American Leadership Forum, amongst others.
An advocate for students, he is the Campus Advisor for the Visions of Light Gospel Choir, the Mentor Tech Student Association, the Texas Tech United Way student organization. He is the recipient of a myriad of awards, including the 2015 Top Techsan Award. Additionally, he was selected as one of Lubbock's "20 under 40" by the Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock Professional Chapter of the Association for Women in Communication.
Mandi Salazar, M.Ed.
Mandi Salazar currently serves as the Manager of the Office of the Office of Academic Enrichment. Mandi is responsible for the management of the AVID First Year Experience Program and is also the liaison and an instructor for the AVID Student Success, IS 1102 course. Her duties include supervising student program assistants and peer mentors, coordinating and facilitating program events, managing courses, training course instructors, recruiting students for the program, providing and creating curriculum, and providing academic advising and support for student members.
Mandi was born in Big Spring, TX, raised in Austin, TX, and decided to move to Lubbock to pursue her undergraduate career as a Red Raider and first generation student. She has earned a Bachelor of Art's Degree in Psychology, a Master's of Education Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision at Texas Tech University. Mandi's passion is to advocate for underrepresented students and has made it her personal goal to assist students to become resilient despite their obstacles and feel confident to be able to achieve their academic and personal goals. It is because of this passion that when she is not working or going to school, Mandi volunteers with the Community Advocacy Program for Students to serve as an advocate and support system for at-risk adolescents in Lubbock ISD.