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Meet the Orientation Team

Welcome to Roosevelt!

Our amazing orientation team consists of two professional staff members in the Center for Student Involvement, two head orientation leaders and 12 orientation leaders. All of us are excited to support you during your transition to Roosevelt University.

CSI Staff & Planning Committee

Emily Alvelo
Emily Alvelo
Director, Center for Student Involvement

Emily is a Chicago native who joined the Roosevelt University community in October 2019. As a college administrator of 14 years, Emily has worked in student affairs in a variety of roles, including residence life, student activities, and multicultural affairs. As a student affairs professional and social justice educator, Emily values providing an environment that not only supports students in establishing their social, cognitive, and resiliency skills but also challenges students to reflect on their position as worldly scholars and socially conscious citizens. Emily strives to promote an active, creative, and engaging campus community and knows that Orientation is large part of the New Student Experience.

Fun fact, Emily's father graduated from Roosevelt as an adult learner. So, Emily's connection to Roosevelt started well before working at Roosevelt.

College Degrees:

  • Smith College, B.A. in Theatre: Set Design and Psychology
  • Loyola University Chicago, M.Ed. in Higher Ed. Administration
  • UMass Amherst, Ed.S. in Social Justice Education
Kayla Linsner
Kayla Linsner
Assistant Director, Center for Student Involvement

Kayla Linsner recently joined Roosevelt University in March 2020 as the new Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement. Kayla earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Studies at Illinois State University and a Master of Management Degree in Higher Education Administration at Robert Morris University. She worked for Robert Morris University for close to five years in a variety of roles including Executive Assistant, Academic Advisor, and Student Engagement Coordinator. Her passion lies in higher education, supporting students as they gain skills and experiences that help them grow as individuals in order to reach their full potential upon graduation. She has been enjoying her experience at RU within this new role and is looking forward to meeting and welcoming the incoming students during Orientation.

Pamela Thompson-Hill
Pamela Thompson-Hill
Director of Multicultural Student Support Services

As a member of this year’s New Student Orientation Committee, I am most excited about being a part of the “new normal” as we worked collaboratively to transform a routine on-campus experience for incoming freshman students, into this new virtual experience. I’m excited to be a part of the history for this inaugural class as we welcome them into the Roosevelt University community, and I’m hopeful that it will be an experience that they will not forget!

Carl Hunter
Carl Hunter
Assistant Director of Student Support Services

As a member of the committee, I am most excited about the virtual activities where students still have the opportunity to engage with one another. I am also excited for Common Read Book!

Angela Jordan
Angela Jordan
Associate Dean for Student Life, Equity and Inclusion; Title IX Coordinator

I'm super excited to see all the smiling faces and finally have the opportunity to welcome our newest members to the Roosevelt University Laker Family! Here's to the start of a GREAT YEAR!

Head Orientation Leaders

Vanessa Ayala
Vanessa Ayala
Palos Hills, IL - undergraduate student in Psychology with a concentration in mental health

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

This will be my third year doing Orientation! This year I’m one of the Head Orientation Leaders so I’m excited to work behind the scenes to give incoming students and our team an amazing experience!

Sam Hernandez
Sam Hernandez
Chicago, IL - undergraduate student in Psychology

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I am most excited about interacting with the new incoming students as well as their families. We are the first faces they will see upon entering Roosevelt, so it is important to make this experience positive for them!

Orientation Leaders

Fey Adewole
Fey Adewole
Markham, IL - undergraduate student in Biochemistry

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

To get to meet new students and work with amazing people. I am looking forward mostly to the experience because I have never participated as an orientation leader before.

Karina Aguilar
Karina Aguilar
Lakemoor, IL - undergraduate student in Psychology

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I am most excited to make incoming students feel welcomed! I am beyond excited to show them how amazing Roosevelt is and answer any questions they have about the school so they feel confident in their decision to come to RU!

Yvonne Alokha
Yvonne Alokha
Nigeria - graduate student in Human Resource Management

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I'm excited about meeting new people and helping them transition effortlessly into Roosevelt University.

Jaila Carr
Jaila Carr
Lansing, IL - undergraduate student in Classical Performance

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I'm excited for creating an environment where all of the incoming and new students can come to feel safe and welcomed.

Sunyata Courie
Sunyata Courie
Ridgley, MD - undergraduate student in Philosophy with a minor in Legal Studies

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Meeting new students and displaying all the Roosevelt has to offer!

Caroline Frogozo
Caroline Frogozo
Terre Haute, IN - graduate student in Clinical Psychology

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I'm excited about a lot of things, but I'm most excited about helping incoming students transition to a new part of their lives.

Kamaria Grayson
Kamaria Grayson
Chicago, IL - undergraduate student in Integrated Marketing Communications

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I am excited to help the incoming students especially coming from this time of uncertainty and making sure they know that this is going to be the best years of their life.

McQueen Holloway
McQueen Holloway
Huntsville, AL - undergraduate student in Biology

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Being around the new students

Emma Nichols
Emma Nichols
Blacksburg, VA - undergraduate student in Oboe Performance

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Getting to welcome and meet new students!

Deianeira Stoudamire
Deianeira Stoudamire
Seattle, WA - undergraduate student in Business Administration

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Meeting new people!

Chandler Sullivan
Chandler Sullivan
Woodstock, IL - undergraduate student in Music Education

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Helping students adapt to a brand new way of living.