Justin St. Charles, LMSW (he/him/his; they/them/theirs)
Hometown: Whitemore Lake, MI
Favorite Quote: Clarity build confidence. – DeAndre Carter, former MSU advisor and motivational speaker.
I am the Academic Advising Director for the Brody Neighborhood within the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC). I oversee the advising services of the Brody Neighborhood Engagement Center and work with partners across the University to support undergraduate students. The population I work with specifically is Michigan State University’s Exploratory Preference and exploring students. I serve as the Assistant Dean designee for administrative functions for our Exploratory Preference students which includes readmissions, reinstatements, medical withdrawals, grief absences, late drops, and more.
I believe that SSN is a benefit to students because there is a special bond that exists for those who are considered peers. Empathy is probably one of the most powerful tools to support one another and having shared identities (including being MSU students) helps others feel that they are not alone.
Jessica Oyoque (she/her/hers; they/them/theirs)
Hometown: Mercedes, TX
Favorite Quote: (At the moment; there are so many!) "Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but is still standing"
I am an Academic Specialist with TRIO Student Support Services under the Office of Supportive Services. Within my role at TRIO we engage in services that provides preparation, orientation, and academic support programming for first-generation students, students from low-income backgrounds, and disabled students. In addition, I assisting in providing a social work perspective lens for the team as we engage in holistic services for this student populations.
SSN is a great initiative on campus to discuss overall wellness. Mental health and self-care have become buzzwords and what I can appreciate about SSN is that it’s a space.
A space to engage in dialogue. It’s a space to listen. It’s a space to just be. These spaces are what normalizes the conversation about how we are doing (How we are REALLY doing), as well as, building a community of support on campus.