Learning for Life Navigators

Learning for Life Navigators

At the heart of L4L is the Navigator model of student support, peer-to-peer mentorship and linkages to resources for students through a network of trained students in partnership with the RIC School of Social Work.

Meet Our Navigators!

Information about our new navigators will be posted soon.

Hello! My name is Cheylsea (she/her), I am a Learning for Life Lead Navigator and graduate student in the School of Social Work. My personal and professional pedagogy is ‘helping others to help themselves’ which is to say that I hope to provide education and resources to empower individuals to make educated decisions and reach their personal goals. I am passionate about smashing sexual shame, gender equity, fostering healthy relationships, and ice cream! With a Master of Arts Degree in Gender Studies, and a certificate in Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy I take a trauma-informed and feminist approach in all that I do.

Hi!! I’m Ashley and I am the College Crusade Advisor here at L4L. I was raised on the east side of providence and never left. After graduating from Hope High School, I attended and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BA in History. I am currently attending the Providence College Higher Education Program with the hopes of continuing my career in the higher education space. When I’m not working or studying, I like to play video games, read, paint, and watch Mukbangs. I look forward to supporting all the Crusaders on campus during the upcoming year so don’t be shy! Stop by my desk and say hi! 

Hi, my name is Francis and I am a MSW graduate student and this is my first year as a Lead Navigator. I graduated from Rhode Island College summer 2021 with a bachelor's in social work. I am excited to work with RIC students to provide them with resources and the social/emotional support they may need. I plan to use my experience as an Afro-Latina, first-generation student, and my social work skills to help students achieve their goals. Aside from school, I love to eat food and to listen to music, you might find me around campus doing both.

My name is Funmibi Yusuff and I am in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I’m a returning GA and am excited to be back working with my students this year! I work with undergrads and graduate students and really appreciate the work we get to do here at L4L for our students. I try to use my experience here at RIC for the last six years to help my students navigate college and the different offices on campus. I’m also on the track and field team on campus. I’m looking forward to another great year at L4L! 

Hi, my name is Faith and I am the Graduate Assistant at L4L's Food 4 Thought Pantry. I received my BA in Psychology from RIC in 2020 and am currently pursuing my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This is my second year both in my graduate program and at L4L. My favorite hobbies are arts & crafts as well as spending time in nature. I'm particularly passionate about my faith, the LGBTQ+ community, and (as my education suggests) mental health. While at Food 4 Thought this year, I hope to help break the stigma surrounding food insecurity as well as spread awareness about hunger on campus. I love school and I love people!🙂

Hi, my name is Ella Garrett. I am a first year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Program at RIC. I was born and raised in New York City and received my BA in Psychology at The New School in 2019. My hobbies include baking, painting, going to the beach, and spending lots of time with family. I am super excited to be a part of the RIC community and am dedicated to helping students around me reach their full potential!

Hi, my name is Elena Coccio and I am a navigator at Learning 4 Life. I am currently in the social work program. I am passionate about thrifting, friends, knitting and family time! especially Sunday dinner. While working at L4L I hope to help not only the students coming in to see us but my fellow students working a long side me. I struggled with school so giving back and helping students the way i was helped is so important for me. I'm excited!​

Hello, my name is Destiny! I am in my second (and last) year of the master's program in Psychology. I am a lead navigator at L4L for a second year. I received my B.A in Psychology from RIC and I am a Rhode Island native. I love being creative, learning and helping others. I wanted to become a navigator to provide students with resources that they need to be great and successful both inside and outside of academia. When I was an undergrad I was a scholar and it feels great to do for others what was done for me.

My name is John Pino and I'm a Lead Navigator for L4L. I was born and raised in Miami and recently relocated to Providence to begin graduate school. I'm currently in the School Psychology program. I was born and raised in Miami and recently relocated to Providence. My hobbies are reading, going on hikes, kayaking, and bodyboarding. Causes that are important to me are environmental conversation, ending the patriarchal mindset in society, and working towards immigration reform. I'm excited for a great year at L4L!

Hi! My name is Tessa (she/her), I am a Navigator and graduate student in the School of Social Work. This is my first year with L4L and I am honored to collaborate with students. The demands of college are overwhelming, and I am here to hold space to talk and provide resources that promote success. When I am not in the office, you can find me in nature – either by the beach or on a hike. Looking forward to a great year together!

Hi! My name is Tiana. I am a Lead navigator for Learning For Life (L4L). I am in my first year of the Clinical Master of Social Work program. I graduated from RIC with a double major B.S. and B.A. in Chemical Dependency and Addiction Studies (CDAS) and Psychology as well as a minor in Queer Studies. I hope to one day have my own private practice.  I love writing, solving puzzles and codes, and Disney/Pixar.  At L4L, I want to be a support for my scholars to succeed in reaching their goals.

Hello! My name is Aaron and I am a senior here at RIC. This is my first year as a Navigator here at L4L and I look forward to the journey ahead of me! I'm excited to learn more about L4L and to work with scholars and help them reach their goals. During my free time I enjoy playing video games, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. I'm also a huge cat lover 🙂

Hi! My name is Becca. I recently graduated with my BA in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and am a first-year graduate student in the CAGS School Psychology Program. I am a brand-new Lead Navigator and a first time RIC student. I am excited to connect with my new RIC and broader Rhode Island community through L4L. I am passionate about supporting people from all different walks of life towards finding and achieving their own personal version of success. When not in class I love discovering new restaurants and learning about the culture of food. I also have a particular fondness for caring and learning about animals, especially cats. I cannot wait to start and grow with everyone on this journey with RIC and L4L!

My name is Vida and I am a BSW student in the School of Social Work. I am a L4L Navigator as well. I like helping, listening, and shopping. I have become a Navigator to connect students with resources they will need to help ease the load off their shoulders. Welcome to L4L

Hi my name is Melissa Gonzalez, I am from Providence.  I graduated from Rhode Island College with a bachelors degree and I am currently back at RIC for my Masters degree in Social Work. I am dedicated to helping others succeed and love to see others accomplishing goals and following dreams. I love to read and learn new things! Fun fact my name means honey bee🐝 

Hi, my name is Dillan and I am a freshman leaning towards pursuing social work as my major. I am a L4L representative, and I am thrilled to be a part of something that will help scholars feel welcome, safe, and heard throughout their college journey. I love socializing, listening to music, and shopping!

Hello my name is Destiny Austin, I am a junior here at RIC, and my field of study is medical imaging; I would hope to be an OB Ultrasound sonographer some day. I'm a quiet person at first but once you start talking to me and I get comfortable, it’s really hard to stop talking. I am a person of many talents, for one I can sing, I used to perform but I stopped because I believed that if it’s not something I would like to pursue in the long run why should I keep doing it. Honestly, I feel the same about doing hair. I'm quite good at it but I just rather not pursue it full time. My favorite thing to do is eat and be around positive people. Working here already I've met so many amazing people. If I haven’t met you yet I hope to meet you soon!

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