Family Science and MCFR Host Undergraduate Alumni Panel
On March 29th, the Family Science student organization, Maryland Council on Family Relations, hosted a successful panel event titled "What to do with your Family Science degree: An Undergraduate Alumni Panel." Panelists and participants discussed on-campus resources, strategies for job hunting, and career paths for undergraduates in Family Science. The event was hosted by the Professional Development committee of MCFR. Current students were able to meet three FMSC alumni with whom they discussed the job marketplace and their paths to their current positions. The panelists were Joyce Afueh ('15), Courtney Harris ('10), and Diandrea Campbell ('15).
Ms. Afueh graduated in the summer of 2015. Directly after graduation she was the outreach intern for Trust for America's Health (TFAH) in DC. During that time she attended multiple briefings on Capitol Hill focusing primarily on topics related to the state of obesity in the nation. From January 2016 to the present, Ms. Afueh has worked as Executive Assistant to the CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in New York. Founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, the alliance works to reduce childhood obesity and empower children to develop lifelong healthy habits. In her work Ms. Afueh collaborates with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals, and families.
Ms. Harris graduated from UMD in 2010. Following graduation, she completed an Americorps year of service with the CHOICE program at UMBC. She served as a case manager for adjudicated youth supervised by the Department of Juvenile Services in Baltimore City and County. After her year of service, Ms. Harris spent four years at Big Brother Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake as a Site Specialist for companies including Under Armour and Legg Mason. Currently, Ms. Harris is the Program Manager for the Couples Advancing Together Program at the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore City, where she supervises a program helping couples strengthen their relationships and provide better outcomes for their children.
Ms. Campbell graduated December of 2015. She arrived at her current position by building onto her undergraduate employment experience in the UMD Dining Services' Catering Department for 4.5 years. During networking after graduation she met the Assistant Director of Dining Services, who brought her on to a team working on Health, Wellness, and Sustainability projects around the university. These projects include the Campus Pantry, Farmer's Market, and Terp Farm here at the University of Maryland.
The Family Science department thanks our alumni for returning to support our current students. We are most proud of their work and look forward to staying in touch and celebrating their future achievements.