Student Advisory Council

Student Support Services Student Advisory Council

Meet Our Current Members!

Lauren Beard

Lauren is a first-year PhD student studying sociology. She previously attended the University of Pennsylvania as a Quest Scholar and worked on initiatives relating to food security, mentoring, financial education, and resource accessibility. She currently serves as a member on the National Alumni Advisory Board for QuestBridge. She is looking forward to working with the SSS Student Advisory Council and getting to better know the UChicago community!

Laura Chen

Ashley Cureton

Ashley Cureton Turner is a 5th year PhD candidate and lecturer at the School of Social Service Administration (SSA).  She is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Human Rights at UChicago .  She received her master's degree from SSA in 2010 with a concentration in Social Administration and Community Schools.  She also received graduate certificates in forced migration studies from Northwestern University and Oxford University.  Her fields of study include forced migration studies, international social work, refugee resettlement, adolescent development, schooling among disadvantaged populations, and school-based interventions.  As someone who identifies as a first generation college student and a former Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Ashley is excited to serve on the SSS advisory board to assist other students who are navigating college and graduate school.  

Bridgette Davis

Bridgette Davis is currently a PhD student, Point Foundation Scholar, and Institute of Educational Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.  Prior to earning her master’s degree in social service administration, Bridgette worked in charter and traditional public schools in Atlanta and Chicago for eleven years.  She taught both middle school and high school, served as a Dean of Instruction for the Noble Network of Charter Schools, worked as a program director for both Teach For America and One Goal, and managed a school-based college counseling team aimed at attaching high school graduates to four-year college and other meaningful post-secondary opportunities.  Bridgette’s experiences in both being a first-generation college student from a rural community and in supporting students from underserved communities during the onset of adolescence through their transitions to adulthood informs her research interests. Her research interests include transitions to adulthood, homelessness, post-secondary education organizations, community colleges, and policy advocacy in the education sector.  Bridgette plans to study the emerging field of diverse organizations seeking to attach “disconnected” or “opportunity” youth to school and/or work.  

Ebony Hinton

Luke Hwang

Amy Maldonado

Blake Mcghghy

Stephen Simpson

Maria Welch