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Deandra Jessica Roberts

Undergraduate Major: Early Childhood Education

McNair Mentor:
Dr. Mia Alexander-Snow, College of Education

Future Plans: Higher Education Administration

Deandra Jessica Roberts

Deandra J. Roberts was born in Miami, Fl. During the summer of 2006, Deandra completed the Seizing Opportunities for Academic Retention (SOAR) program. She was a recipient of the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers (FFMT) in the fall of 2008 and was chosen as one of 110 students to participate in the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) in the spring of 2009. Additionally, Deandra was recognized as an outstanding College of Education student and has also been recognized by the African American Studies program for her humanitarian service and leadership to the local community, commitment for which she received the Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Award in the spring of 2009. Deandra is currently interested in exploring student development, higher education policy and administration, students of color and academic and social institutional integration as well as deepening her understanding of student affairs and specifically student development, student access and students’ needs. She plans to pursue her master’s and doctoral degrees in Higher Education and Student Affairs. The following is an abstract of research Deandra completed as an undergraduate at UCF:

Title: The Post-SOAR Experience: Determining the Perceived Needs of Students during the Second and Third Years of College

Conducted at the University of Central Florida as part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program.

Mentor: Dr. Mia Alexander-Snow, College of Education

Abstract: Qualitative methods were used to determine the perceived needs of second and third year first generation, low-income and underrepresented students in the Seizing Opportunities for Academic Retention (SOAR) Program at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The SOAR program is managed by the Multicultural Academic Support Service (MASS) office. The interviews focused on determining students’ needs for continued success at UCF. Interviews were also conducted with the MASS staff. Quantitative analysis of interview transcripts identified three themes from both the MASS staff interviews and the participant’s responses. These themes represented a diverse array of students’ perceived needs in the university.