Student Engagement and Inclusion
Meet the Team
Sophia Lombardo, Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Civic Engagement Specialist / Slombardo3@cscc.edu, (614) 287-3602
I am so happy to have joined the SEI office in the Spring of 2022 as the Civic Engagement Specialist. Growing up in Columbus, Ohio I have always admired Columbus State and I am thrilled to work with this team. I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Global Management Leadership and Creative Writing from Earlham College in 2019 and will complete my Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice from Bellarmine University at the end of 2022. In this role I connect Columbus State students and employees with local community organizations through community service and civic engagement opportunities. Ask me about how you can make a difference and give back to others!
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” - Coretta Scott King
Genevieve Sharron, Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Assistant Director / email@example.com, (614) 287-2824
Hello, I’m Genevieve! I serve as the Assistant Director of SEI. I came to Columbus from Kent, OH where I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Kent State University (Go Flashes!) and I graduated from OSU with my Master’s in Anthropology (Go Bucks!). Columbus has been my home since 2012 and Columbus State has been my home away from home since 2016. I have loved being a part of the Columbus State family! In my role, I support campus engagement initiatives and help our team to celebrate our successes and find new and creative ways to make every event even a little bit better.I am responsible for marketing, gathering data and sharing out results, managing CougarConnect, working with campus and community partners, and generally guiding and supporting SEI staff and students with their projects. Ask me about how you can participate in or provide CState students with amazing engagement opportunities.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't
practice any other virtue consistently.” - Maya Angelou
Susan Goeschl, Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Program Coordinator, Student Organizations / firstname.lastname@example.org, (614) 287-2857
I am a first-generation college student and proud alumna of Columbus State with an AAS in Hospitality Management. As a nontraditional student who took the path less traveled in completing her degree while raising a family of five and working fulltime, I know first-hand the challenges first-generation students and adults returning to college after many years away experience. During my journey to graduation, I learned how important feeling a sense of community, belonging and connection with others is in successfully completing your degree. As a student at CSCC, I served as the Vice President of the Hospitality Club and as the student representative on the Columbus State Board of Trustees. These experiences inspired me to return to work in higher education and the Student Engagement and Inclusion Department where I support over 30 student organizations made up of over 100 student leaders, 50 faculty and staff advisors and nearly 4,000 student members. Ask me how you can find, join, or create your community at Columbus State!
“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
Jay Bunnell, Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Special Events Specialist / email@example.com, (614) 287-2637
I joined the Columbus State community in 2019, addressing the needs of New Americans and their families through the ESL Afterschool Communities program (ESLAsC). In December of 2021, I transitioned to the role of Special Events Specialist in SEI. I earned my Bachelor of Science in International Relations & Diplomacy with a minor in Global Public Health from The Ohio State University. I love applying project management techniques to assist in the development of SEI programs and events. In this role I aid in the development of various projects and events and provide support for those planning campus-wide projects/events. Ask me if you want to know more about event planning or getting students connected on campus!
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela
Katrina de los Santos, Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Program Coordinator, Women’s Connection, Scholar Network, Women’s Leadership Events and Programming, Civil Rights Heritage Tour / firstname.lastname@example.org, (614) 287-2861
Hello! My name is Katrina and I serve as a Program Coordinator within SEI. I am a
product of Columbus State and a proud alumnus! I earned my Bachelor of Science in
Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University and my Masters
in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Ohio University. I have worked at the
college for about ten years. In my current role I have the pleasure of overseeing
the Scholar Network Program which is a holistic support program for Columbus State
students with lived experience within foster care, kinship care and/or adoption. I
also oversee the Women’s Connection mentorship and scholarship program for female
identified and nonbinary students at CSCC.
Through my position, I also lead various events and programming such as the Women’s HERstory Month events at the college and the partnership with Heritage Tours for their annual Civil Rights Bus Tour. I absolutely love being a part of the CSCC family and have a deep passion for serving students within their Higher Education journey. Before working in SEI, I worked within the Columbus State TRiO Department, Student Engagement and Leadership, Global Diversity, and Inclusion, and Student Central. Ask me about how you can get involved in mentorship!
Abdi Jama, Pronouns: He, Him, His
Program Coordinator, Student Ambassador Leadership Program, National Society of Leadership and Success / email@example.com, (614) 287-2841
Hi, my name is Abdi Jama, and I serve as a Program Coordinator within SEI. I started as a student at Columbus State Community College, and a proud alum. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State University. I have worked at the college for a few years, with different departments. In my current role, I oversee the Student Ambassador Leadership Program (SALP) and The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). The Student Ambassador Leadership Program has been a part of Columbus State for 30+ years, it has a rich history with an incredible alum. The National Society of Leadership and Success has been with us since 2019. Columbus State has a cohort in this remarkable program. The students go through a series of training and workshops to be inducted in this lifelong society. Students have access to the NSLS’s amazing library of leadership videos, articles and 1:1 with leaders from many fields. Ask me about how you can develop leadership skills!
Brett Welsh, Pronouns: He, Him, His
Director / Bwelsh7@cscc.edu, (614) 287-2426
My name is Brett Welsh and I have the pleasure of serving as the Director of Student Engagement & Inclusion. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts from Carson-Newman University (TN) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina. I have been at Columbus State since 2014. Most of my career in higher education has been spent working in Student Life offices. My goal is to be a hands-on leader in the department and at the college. I work closely with the professional and student staff members in our office to determine ways we can create meaningful engagement opportunities at Columbus State. I also serve on various college committees and work teams. Ask me (and share with me) about ways we can provide extra-curricular support that allows students to have an impactful college experience!
“Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” - James A. Garfield
Wehseh Juty (wehs), Pronouns: He, Him, His
Mentor Support Specialist, Man Initiative / firstname.lastname@example.org, (614) 287-2637
Hello, my name is Wehseh Juty, and I go by Wehs for short. I am proud to serve as a Mentor Support Specialist for the Man initiative, a mentorship and scholarship program for male identified and nonbinary students at CSCC. As an adult learner and returning student, the main thing I wanted was new experiences and opportunities. The Columbus state community heard my call and provided numerous answers and directions. I am proud to be finishing an AAS in Early childhood Education at Columbus state. I look forward to continuing the important work that I bore witness to as a student ambassador, during such challenging times. In this role, I support Columbus State students and employees in fostering unique, supportive, and transformative relationships. Ask me about how you can get involved in mentorship!
“Don't count the days, make the days count.” - Muhammad Ali
Student Ambassadors, email@example.com
For over thirty years, the Student Ambassador Leadership Program (SALP) has represented and promoted engagement at Columbus State by assisting other offices, supporting campus events, developing opportunities for fellow students, and much more. Each year, approximately 10-15 Student Ambassadors are hired with the purpose of supporting campus engagement through service to students, employees, and campus guests.
Student Organizations, firstname.lastname@example.org
Academics, art, politics, religious affiliations, culture, hobbies … the list of student-led clubs at Columbus State covers many of the interests, identities, and experiences found at the college. Students can find a full list of active clubs on CougarConnect. Can't find the group you are looking for? Reach out for more information about starting your own student organization.