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New Student Programs Staff

Meet the New Student Programs Staff

The Office for New Student Programs prides itself on maintaining a student-centered focus in all its programs and services. The student leaders who work in our office share a passion for UMass Boston and welcoming new students to all this university offers. 

Director of New Student Programs

Lauren Boothby Braun, M.Ed

Graduate Intern

Richard Meinke, Louisana State Univeristy '16

Student Assistant Coordinators

Kylie Bowen, Management '16

Carian Diaz, Sociology '16

Alyssa Benalfew, Political Science'17

Zainab Hussein, Exercise and Health Sciences '17


2015 Orientation Leaders

Lauren Anderson, Environmental Science, ‘17

Ashish Ahuja, Management, ‘17

Yasmin Bailey, Psychology, ‘17

Alyson Bouchard, Environmental Science, ‘17

Rodney Bruno, Biology, ‘18

Joe Carlin, Biology ‘17

Sief Daoud, Management, ‘17

Wyatt Doyle, Management, ‘18

Jeffrey Dubuisson, Classics, ‘18

Meaghan Fischer, Nursing, ‘16

Kunal Girdhar, Management, ‘17

Jessica Gorrell, Biology, ‘18

Justin Griffin, Exercise and Health Science, ‘16

Tylor Hart, Biochemistry, ‘15

YuJin Kim, Nursing, ‘18

Amanda LaFlamme, Biology, ‘18

Christine Lattouf, Biology, ‘17

Brain Le, Computer Science, ‘18

Rachel LoBalbo, Biology, ‘18

Philip McLaughlin, Political Science, ‘17

MacKenzie Patterson, Biology, ‘18

Giovanna Pessa, Biology, ‘18

Jonathan Prudent, Criminal Justice, ‘15

Amber Rodriguez, Psychology, ‘18

Nicole Rumasuglia, Exercise & Health Science, ‘16

Nicholas Russo, Biochemistry, ‘18

Erick Sandoval, Exercise & Health Science, ‘18

Christine Tamulis, Political Science, ‘18

Meghana Vallurupalli, Management ‘17

Become an Orientation Leader

Applications for the 2015 Orientation Leader position have now closed. Please contact New Student Programs for more information.

Here's a little bit more information about the orientation leader selection process:

Review of Application:  The online application will help us learn more about you as an individual and will ask about your interest in the position, past work experiences, and personal interests. Upon completing your application, you will be asked to sign up for a group interview time.

Group Interview: (mandatory) The group interviews help us get to know you better and learn how you work in a team environment and what unique qualities you can bring to the group. During the group interview, you will be observed by our selection committee who will be looking at your communication skills, ability to manage a group, and overall personal attitutude. 

Individual Interview: (pending invitation) The individual interview will be held with the Director of New Student Programs (NSP) and the NSP Student Coordinators. The candidates will be asked questions about your involvement on campus, your position on diversity, why you want to be an orientation leader, and your personal and professional goals. We may also provide you with some mock scenarios and ask how you would respond.

OL Training Course: (pending invitation) All orientation leaders are required to complete a one-credit leadership course in the Spring semester. This class is typically held on Tuesday afternoons (3:30-5:30pm) and will cover various topics on leadership, personal strengths, group dynamics and university knowledge. Students must complete this course with a minimum passing grade in order to be extended a full offer of employment as an orientation leader.

If hired, orientation leaders will work throughout the summer of 2015 and the following winter cycle (based on availability). 

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