Rachel Osmer joined UM-Flint this year as the
What would you like to share about your professional background, and about your goals within this position?
I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2014 and I finished up my Master of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University this summer. I spent the last three years working at Eastern Michigan University working with their GEAR UP program for a year and two years with their MAGIC Program. The work I did at EMU with the MAGIC Program is similar to what I'm doing now at Mpowering My Success. I was able to hit the ground running here at UM-Flint because of my experience at EMU.
Prior to my work at EMU, I spent two years working with Americorps through the Michigan College Advising Corps. I was a college advisor at Ypsilanti Community High School. This position really educated me on the importance of access to equitable education for everyone. I learned a lot about higher education systems and how to facilitate the navigation of those systems. This experience at Ypsilanti Community High School sparked my passion to get my degree in social work. I wanted to be able to make a bigger impact.
I'm very excited to be at UM-Flint now working with the
What are your impressions of the university?
You never know what you're going to get, as far as a working environment, when you start a new job; however, I've found UM-Flint to be one of the most welcoming environments. The people of UM-Flint have a genuine community and are very gracious to newcomers. I've found myself able to reach out to departments all across the campus and am greeted with positive support everywhere I go. UM-Flint's small campus has been perfect for me to quickly feel like I'm at home here.
What would you like students and the community to know overall about Mpowering My Success? What is unique about the program?
MMS is more than just a life skills coach who is making sure you're passing your classes. I work individually with students to help them find success inside and outside the classroom. There are many obstacles that you wouldn't think could be challenging until you're hit with the obstacle. The barriers for students who've experienced foster care can be tough. MMS works with students to connect them with community resources, like therapeutic counseling. Ultimately we assist Mpowering students with any challenges they may face while working towards their degree, whether it is academic or personal, and we want them to successfully graduate from UM-Flint.
And we are also looking for potential mentors among our UM-Flint faculty and staff! Part of the MMS program is the connection of students to a one-on-one mentor who works at UM-Flint. This mentor is a great resource for the student, and it's a great opportunity to get involved in your UM-Flint community. If you're interested in the possibility of becoming a mentor to
What should students know about how they can work with you or others within the university?
Students who've experienced foster care should reach out to us to see if they're eligible for our program! And if you know someone that you think should know about our program, tell them about us! You never know how much of an impact a program like MMS can have