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Dr. Cassidy Alvarado, Director of National & International Fellowships
Leavey Hall, Suite I
Tel: 310.338.3792
E-mail: cassidy.alvarado@lmu.edu    

Cassidy Alvarado’s areas of interest include community college and transfer student support, postgraduate pathways, and equity, access, and inclusion in international education. In addition to leading ONIF, she is also a lecturer in LMU's University Honors Program, an adjunct instructor in student affairs and higher education administration at UC Berkeley Extension, and an elected board member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA). In June of  2022, Cassidy received a Fulbright AIEA grant to South Korea where she learned about the Korean higher education system. 

Prior to LMU, she co-established the National & International Scholarships and Fellowships Program at California State University, Los Angeles. In this capacity, she supported students in pursuing external awards that offered transformative and challenging experiences in the areas of academic and applied research, and global and civic learning. She also managed the Honors thesis process and assisted students with internships, research opportunities, and graduate admissions. 

Cassidy graduated in May 2021 with her Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from LMU. Her dissertation explored community college and transfer student access to nationally competitive awards, like the Gilman and Fulbright grants. She also earned an M.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis in creative writing, from Mount Saint Mary's University and a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

 

Lindsay Anderson, Fellowships Advisor

Lindsay Anderson, Fellowships Advisor
Leavey Hall, Suite I
Tel: 310.338.3950
E-mail: Lindsay.Anderson@lmu.edu  

Lindsay Anderson’s passions include supporting first-generation college students in navigating graduate education, connecting change-agent leaders to post-graduation plans and resources, and fostering greater diversity/equity/inclusion in all the spaces she inhabits. Of all the national fellowships that she has provided assistance on, she gravitates towards fellowships relating to change-agent leadership and public policy.

Before joining LMU, she was a national fellowships advisor and later an academic advisor at Texas A&M University. While at TAMU, she won the New Advisor of the Year Award and an Innovation Award for creating unique programming as an academic advisor. She developed a diversity-infused seminar for the University Scholars program at A&M that examined the creation of identity in stand-up comedy, both as comedians and as audience members. Lindsay has a history of leadership and volunteerism in journalism, ministry, labor unions, advising, DEI committees, and honors programming.

Lindsay graduated with an M.A. in Communication with an emphasis on film and rhetorical analysis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. While there, she taught public speaking for two years and was a Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute fellow. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. double major in Communication and Philosophy from Texas A&M University in 2008 and was in honors societies Lambda Pi Eta (Communication) and Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy). Before transferring to Texas A&M, she attended a community college in Texas and was a member of the honor society for community colleges, Phi Theta Kappa. She graduated high school as a National Hispanic Merit Scholar.

 

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Emma Blankenship
ONIF Student Support Coordinator
E-mail: eblanke1@lion.lmu.edu

Emma Blankenship is a senior at Loyola Marymount University and is currently studying to earn her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Studio Arts. She is originally from St. Charles, Illinois but loves living in Los Angeles where she can enjoy both the warm weather and great connections. Emma is passionate about many social justice issues such as climate change, homelessness, and mental health awareness. She also loves anything art related and spends a lot of her time painting, doing graphic design work, sewing, or making ceramics! Additionally, Emma has held multiple positions on-campus including being an Orientation Leader and Peer Mentor for incoming freshmen as well as working as a “Lions for Learning” tutor and mentor for the children at Cowan Elementary. Emma loves helping others and is excited to be working as a Student Support Coordinator through ONIF where she can support students through navigating fellowship opportunities. 

 

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Vanessa Hurtado
ONIF Student Support Coordinator
E-mail: vhurtad2@lion.lmu.edu 

Vanessa Hurtado is a junior at LMU majoring in political science. On campus, she is the co-director of philanthropy for the LMU Women in Politics Club and is also a Student Ambassador. She is excited about her position as Student Support Coordinator for ONIF and is looking forward to helping fellow students with anything that they need regarding fellowship opportunities!