MCAC consists of recent University of Michigan graduates who sign on to serve one of our 14 partner high schools. Each brings with them an individualized set of professional skills shaped by their different academic and personal interests during their undergraduate years. Given this wealth of knowledge, the team collaborates across and between disciplines, experiences, and identities as they work every year to inform, engage, and inspire a new cohort of seniors to create an attainable and sustainable path to, through, and beyond college. In this way, our advisers work to consistently strengthen the existing college-going culture in their school through developing rapport with students and families, deepening relationships with community partners, and innovating on the best practices of previous advisers during their tenure in the program.
Abbie Barondess is an MCAC college adviser who is passionate about building meaningful relationships and helping students build confidence in order to achieve their goals, both academic and personal. During her time at U-M she worked as a tutor for student athletes, a study group facilitator, and a writing fellow, where she helped to guide students in their academic endeavors. She is excited to continue working with students and grow alongside them as an adviser. Abbie is excited to work with a great team of advisers and students this upcoming year.
Angelo Vozza promotes college-going culture and supports the students of Holland High School as they plan for life after high school. As a member of the Michigan College Advising Corps, he acts as a resource for high school seniors as they explore different post-secondary options, write applications, and apply for financial aid and scholarships. He works to make college more accessible to first-generation college and underrepresented high school students.
A proud alumnus of FIRST Robotics, Angelo also has a passion for engaging young people with science and technology; he has continued his involvement in FIRST as a mentor for high school robotics teams. Angelo holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Christopher Camacho serves as a Michigan College Advising Corps adviser and is currently placed in Detroit, Michigan at César Chávez Academy. During his time at Michigan, he involved himself in advocating for the Latinix community creating educational, cultural, and social spaces for minority students to strive in mentorship and community service. Additionally, he was committed to encouraging student engagement and unity through his involvement in Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., Multicultural Greek Council, and other student campus programs. His desire for service learning led him to volunteer in multiple schools in Ann Arbor and Detroit where he participated in engaging and teaching important social skills, and tutoring students. His service in his community pushed him to join the Michigan College Advising Corps in pursuit of becoming a mentor for male students of color to advocate for the importance and possibility of postsecondary education.
Daniel Vargas-Leon, a graduate of U-M in 2018 and his 2nd year working with MCAC. He has also worked with the Center for Educational Outreach for about 5 years, in the Future U, College 101, Ready Set Go Blue, and Camp Kinomage programs, among others.
Greg Lockett is a recent U of M grad, currently working as an MCAC adviser at Saginaw High School. His goal is to help as many students as possible make informed decisions about their post secondary plans. During his time at the University of Michigan, Greg was committed to mentoring and inspiring students through his work with Intellectual Minds Making a Difference, and America Reads. He realizes the effect that an experienced mentor can have when making big life decisions, and hopes to inspire more people going forward.
Kim Truong is a graduate from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Sociology. She dedicated her undergraduate career to education policy and research, but is currently exploring education careers with direct service to students and schools. She will be serving this year at Eastern High School in Lansing as a Michigan College Advising Corps adviser for students.
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