September 08, 2011

Monita Mohammadian Gray Works Tirelessly for New Pipers

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Sitting in an office filled with Hamline gear and memorabilia, it’s clear that Monita Mohammadian Gray loves what she does.

“I really enjoy working with students and making a difference in their lives,” Mohammadian Gray said. “It makes it easy and satisfying to come to work.”

As the director of the Center for Student Success and Transition, she supports and oversees the transition process for first-year and transfer students alike. 

At Hamline, we strive for a personal experience. You’re not just an ID number, but a person,” Mohammadian Gray said. “We pride ourselves on being able to provide that face-to-face time.”

Another important part of ensuring student success is identifying their unique needs. First-years, for instance, participate in community building and are imparted with important college skills. On the other hand, transfer students often receive more guidance regarding the logistics of an academic shift to Hamline from another institution.

One useful tool for student success is the MAP Works program; students take an online survey periodically, which allows staff members to identify and help any issues that may arise during the academic year.

A veteran of Hamline, Mohammadian Gray says she’s continually impressed by Hamline students.

“They’re such a hard-working, distinguished, and diverse group,” Mohammadian Gray said. “And so many of them are committed to social justice. It’s a pleasure working with them.”