Name: Lindsay McConnell
Position/Department: Associate Director, Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Arts in Counseling in Higher Education, both from the University of Delaware
Years at GW: 8 years in June!
What do you do for fun in your spare time? I try to spend as much time as possible in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where my parents live. I grew up spending my summers near the ocean so it is my favorite thing to do. Here in DC, I spend my spare time working towards my Doctorate in Education here at GW and I am also a barre3 instructor.
What do you enjoy most about your job and/or working at GW? One of the most remarkable things about my time at GW has been the incredible colleagues with whom I have had the opportunity to work. I feel challenged to learn and grow in new ways by the wonderful staff here. The dedication of the staff to our students and their experiences both inside and outside the classroom is inspiring.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Introvert, Learner, Loyal
What is your favorite holiday and why? Thanksgiving - Nothing better than great food and time with loved ones.
Name: Ulka Agarwal
Position: Staff Psychiatrist
Department: Medical Services, Colonial Health Center
Education: Doctor of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University; Psychiatry Residency, University of Washington
Last institution worked: California State University, East Bay
What is the best vacation or trip you have taken? The best vacation I ever took was to Thailand with my sister, where I got to visit an elephant sanctuary and swim with the elephants in the river.
What was one of your most memorable meals? A sampling of appetizers at Rasika here in DC, on the night I got engaged.
If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be and why? My ancestors – I would love to learn more about my family’s history and where we come from.
Can you tell us about any hidden talents or authors? I sing and play the ukulele, and I give talks across the country on plant-based nutrition.
Name: Kaitlyn Schmitt
Position: Program Coordinator, Student Involvement
Department: Center for Student Engagement
Education: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Notre Dame; Master of Arts in Higher Education, Boston College
Last institution worked: College of William & Mary
What is the best vacation or trip you have taken? I’m a big fan of Disney vacations, especially to the amusement parks. But I think the best trip was the Disney cruise in Alaska. It was fun to learn about a new place’s culture and history while still getting the Disney experience!
What was one of your most memorable meals? My favorite meal every year is Christmas morning breakfast. My parents host our extended family at their house where I grew up. My dad cooks kielbasa, my mom makes savory dishes like baked eggs casserole and cheesy potatoes, and my siblings and I prepare the cut-out cookies and the delightfully sweet monkey bread. It’s my favorite because of the delicious food that we eat only once a year combined with the traditions and fellowship of family in my childhood home. Plus I love eating the leftovers!
If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be and why? I’ve always admired Eleanor Roosevelt for her leadership, particularly about women’s issues. I would love to meet her and learn what leadership lessons I could.
Can you tell us about any hidden talents or authors? In high school I was very involved in the colorguard team, so I have some surprising flag-spinning and rifle-spinning skills. I haven’t practiced them as much as I would like since high school, though.
Jennifer Alexander has joined the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities as Assistant Director.
We wish this former DSA staff member well in her future endeavors: