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An alumna of Westfield State College and the Urban Education Program (’92), Azanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is completing her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford. Azanda returned to the Urban Education Program as Director in July 2016 after working as the Executive Assistant to the President. Prior to that, she was Staff Associate in the Academic Advising Center and the Assistant Director of the Urban Education Program, respectively. Azanda has also held positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mount Holyoke College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and INROADS.
Since 2003 Chaitali has contributed to the Westfield State community as a Residence Director, lead player in a NCAA Choices grant, advisor to the class of 2011, advisor to the Step Team and Third World Organization now known as Multicultural Student Association, and as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Psychology Department. She attended Springfield College in Springfield, MA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services and a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. With over 14 years of professional experience in training, student development, programming and advising, she joined Academic Affairs and the Urban Education Program in June 2010. Currently, Chaitali is serving on the NEASC Accreditation Committee, Co- Advisor of Student Government Association, International / Intercultural Club, and FACES (Fostering a Culture of Empowerment and Success). Chaitali enjoys working with her students and seeing them excel in their academics and become strong student leaders on and off campus.
Kobie joined the Urban Education Program family in 2014. He is a native of Springfield, MA and is a graduate of Cathedral High School (Springfield). Kobie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from American International College in Springfield, MA. Kobie comes to Westfield State University with a wealth of professional knowledge and experience having worked in numerous areas such as law enforcement and education. He has worked for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, High School Inc.(Hartford, CT), and Springfield Public Schools. Kobie has over fifteen years of experience working with students of different ages with a focus on counseling, student development and leadership. Kobie has served as a visiting lecturer for the Criminal Justice and Education Departments here at Westfield as well as other institutions and area high schools. Kobie serves a lead role in the 100 Males to College initiative in conjunction with the Springfield Public Schools. Kobie is also an active mentor in our athletics department working with both Men’s and Women’s Owls Basketball programs.
Rob joined the Urban Education Program January 2014. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History '08 and a Master of Arts in Social Science '10 from Edinboro University. As an undergraduate, Rob gained residential life, peer mentoring, and tutoring experience as a member of the Frederick Douglass Living and Learning Community and through the Edinboro Success Program. He also worked with the R. Benjamin Wiley Partnership Program—a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education college preparatory program for inner-city high school students. In addition, he was an intern for the Senator John Heinz History Center in the summer of 2009 where he conducted research under Samuel W. Black, curator of African-American collections. Before joining Westfield State, he was an adjunct faculty member at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA for three years where he taught History. Currently, Rob serves as a club-advisor for the Multicultural Student Association, is a visiting lecturer for the Department of History, and is working on his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford.