Nora Leinen

Nora Leinen

Trinity Fellow Class of 2014

Graduate Program: Master of Arts in English Literature

Undergraduate Degree, Institution: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Trinity Nonprofit Agency: YMCA Mentoring Program: Mentoring Communications and Development Specialist

Full-time Service Experience, Years Served, Location:

I served for two years as an AmeriCorps member with College Possible. College Possible is a leading national non-profit that focuses on college access and success for low-income and first generation students with a focus on ACT preparation, college application guidance, college and career counseling, and financial advising. I worked as a College Coach with College Possible at the University of Minnesota and St Catherine University where I served a cohort of 65-100 college students providing personalized counseling and coaching focused on college persistence and retention.

Trinity Fellowship Experience:

During my two years as Trinity Fellow I had the great fortune to work with the Sponsor-A-Scholar program at the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee. During this time I was able to expand my previous experience with College Possible and work towards creating a diversified skillset and a comprehensive portfolio that I am now proud to bring with me to any new job. My placement during the Trinity Fellowship help solidify my direct experience by providing me with opportunities to develop skills in program management, communications and marketing, volunteer coordination, event planning and development. The mentorship and leadership provided both by the Trinity Fellows staff as well as the staff at my placement allowed me to create a strong and expansive network throughout the community.

The academic atmosphere provided at Marquette was challenging and supportive throughout the entire program. As a Trinity Fellow I was allowed to tailor my program to fit my unique career goals and was provided ample opportunity to discover the ways in which my discipline and non-profit business issues overlap. Additionally the academic atmosphere within my department fostered interdisciplinary collaboration, open communication and conversation, and a strong sense of community. I feel so lucky to have been given, through the Trinity Fellows Program, such an invaluable opportunity to be part of a holistic and collaborative atmosphere that valued my unique perspective and work with me towards my personal, academic, and professional goals.

Plans after graduation:

After graduation I am hoping to explore jobs within higher education with a focus on Academic Advising or Admission and Administrative support to marginalized populations in their goals of attaining a college degree. However I am also looking at working with non-profits that work with similar missions in program management and/or development.

Current Position:

Advisor, TRiO/SSS Program, Black Hills State University

Fellows Class of 2014

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