Alumna heads Transfer and Veteran Student Programs
When the opportunity to head a new Student Affairs department came up, Syreeta Greene ’99, MSW ‘05 didn’t think twice before accepting the position.
Formerly the assistant director of the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, Greene is now working as the assistant director of Transfer and Veteran Student Programs in the Office of Campus Activities.
“Student Affairs heard the call and is now answering by having at least one point person that both transfer and veteran students can come to and get resources and support,” Greene said. “The two populations very much need support services, in terms of transitioning to USC, matriculating and graduating.”
After starting her job in June 2011, Greene reached out to student organizations around campus to build partnerships that enhance services to veteran and transfer students.
“My goal is to get students involved in building this program,” Greene said. “The students I’ve spoken to so far are really excited and say it’s something they need. I want to make this program something students see as valuable.”
Greene, who said one challenge has been identifying veteran students, plans to work with the Office of Admission and the Registrar’s Office to pre-identify these students and reach out to them during the recruiting process. While getting the word out about the new program, she is creating newsletters.
“Syreeta has been a great addition to Campus Activities,” said Heather Larabee, assistant dean and director of Campus Activities.
Greene has a passion for serving students. With a bachelor’s degree in public policy and management and a master’s in social work, the USC alumna began her career with the Trojan Family roughly a dozen years ago as an academic adviser in the USC Price School of Public Policy and also worked as a degree progress counselor. She’s currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at the USC Rossier School of Education.
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