Name: Julie Hamel
Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Top 5 strengths: Context, Learner, Positivity, Developer, Input
Position title: Student Success Specialist, TRIO SES; Coordinator, Fostering Jayhawk Success
What do you enjoy about the work you do? I love watching young people grow and change, discovering their strengths and gaining confidence in their decision-making.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy camping and hiking, especially in the mountains, and love travel in general. I’m an avid reader and consider myself an amateur historian! My choice of reading and in travel destinations almost always centers around history and archaeology. My dream is to someday work on an archaeology dig!
As someone who is interested in how people choose careers, I like to say that I’m on my third career! I graduated from KU with degrees in Spanish and secondary education, which led to my first career as a high school Spanish teacher in Kansas City. While I loved the classroom, I wanted to work with students in a more comprehensive way. I returned to college to earn a Masters of School Counseling, leading me to a second career as a high school guidance counselor in Chapman, KS. In 2014, I earned a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Development from Kansas State University, which brought me to my third career in higher education, first with the University Career Center, and now with TRIO SES & STEM.
Beyond advising TRIO Students, I am active in developing study abroad opportunities for TRIO students and have enjoyed leading or co-leading the Preparing for International Careers Costa Rica program. For summer 2020, I developed a new study abroad program specifically for TRIO SES & STEM students, Developing Global Perspective. In 2015, I founded a campus initiative to better support our students that have been in foster care, and now lead the program, Fostering Jayhawk Success.