Sherry received her bachelor's and master's degree from Eastern Illinois University. “I absolutely loved my college experience. This great experience created a desire for me to work in higher education and help other students. I specifically gained an interest in working with underrepresented college students to help them achieve success. I distinctively remember faculty and staff helping me through my college experience, and I want to do that for others.” Sherry comes to Rensselaer from Bradley University where she served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. At Bradley she organized multicultural peer mentor programs, scholars programs, diversity education, as well as teaching.
In her new position, Ms. Gunn will provide leadership in developing and implementing programs and policies which support the Institution’s vision for the recruitment, matriculation, success and graduation of student who come from underrepresented backgrounds.
Of her experience Ms. Gunn said, “Over the course of three years I gained a lot of great experiences at Bradley. I hope to utilize my experience in retention and student success programming at Rensselaer. I have a passion for building a strong rapport with students, and I'm always looking to collaborate. I have a ‘students first’ mindset, and that is definitely something I plan to continue. I was born and raised in Illinois, but I am looking forward to an exciting journey at Rensselaer!”
Dean Louis Trzepacz in Student Success is looking forward to having a permanent staff member to dedicate to the Bridge Scholars Program and underrepresented student success. “Ms. Gunn’s appointment represents a focus on the success of all students and continues our mantra for students: you belong here; you are welcome here; you can succeed here; and you are powerful beyond measure.”
Dean Gunn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.