Natasha is a doctoral research assistant and Project Manager for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership at Loyola University Chicago, where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a cognate in Women and Gender Studies. Natasha’s research interests involve exploring higher education from a gendered perspective. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the social, leadership, and personal development of women who attend co-educational institutions compared to their counterparts at single-sex institutions, while reviewing the implications for minority students. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies at Loyola University Chicago, Natasha worked in a variety of functional areas within higher education including student activities, residential life and multicultural affairs. Through each professional experience Natasha explored student development through a lens of gender equity. Natasha values mentorship, volunteerism and student development in all its forms. She is a member of NASPA and was selected to participate in several institutes including the New Professionals Institute and the Student Organization Institute. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College and a M.S. Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy from Old Dominion University.
Mark Anthony Torrez
Mark is a doctoral research assistant and Project Manager for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership at Loyola University Chicago, where he is pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Administration. His primary research interest involves examining the complex relationship between identity, leadership, and other human development processes in college students. In particular, his work on intersectionality and leadership development has been presented at professional conferences, integrated into for-credit courses, and cited in educational texts. Mark remains actively involved in ACPA, through which he currently serves as Vice Chair for the association’s Commission for Student Involvement. Prior to enrolling at LUC, Mark gained professional experience in the areas of residence life, orientation and family programs, service-learning, and leadership and social justice education. He earned a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia and a B.A. in Strategic Communication from The Ohio State University.
Ben is a doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Loyola University Chicago where his primary research interest involves the intersection of student leadership development and organizational theory. Prior to being a Research Assistant and Project Manager for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, Ben worked in a variety of functional areas including residence life, union management, student activities, and academic advising. He is an active member of multiple professional organizations having served on ACPA’s Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals and Commission for Student Involvement as well as NASPA’s NUFP Advisory Board. Ben received the Craig Slack National Leadership Symposium Fellowship and was twice awarded the Outstanding Advisor Award at the College of the Holy Cross. He has a B.A. in Religious Studies from the College of Idaho and an M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University.