TRiO Student Support Services Staff
Dr. Marsha Besong- Assistant Chancellor for Student Success
Dr. Marsha Besong is the Assistant Chancellor for Student Success at Rutgers University-Camden. Dr. Besong has worked in a variety of positions in the non-profit and education sectors and prides herself on successfully developing and implementing robust student-centered programs that promote student success. Dr. Besong career is multi-faceted and she has directed a community center focusing on holistic educational and support services for pre-school students through adults for Philadelphia’s Beacon School Project; managed student success initiatives and student affairs at Harcum College; managed strategic planning and school reform efforts for two elementary schools at Drexel University, and implemented a Department of Labor grant at the School District of Philadelphia to increase student achievement and career readiness at ten persistently dangerous comprehensive high schools. When not developing new student programming, she enjoys travelling the world and has visited seventeen countries with many more to see.
Dr. Besong received her B.A. In African- American Studies from Temple University, M.S in Non-Profit Management from Eastern University, and Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University.
Ana C. Rodriguez - Assistant Director
Prior to joining Rutgers-Camden, Ana Rodriguez was a Counselor/Assistant Director for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City. In this capacity, she provided personal, professional, and academic coaching to first generation and low income students. While at Saint Peter’s University, Rodriguez also taught adult learners in Public Policy.
As a first-generation student, former EOF student, TRiO McNair Scholar, resident of Camden and proud alumna of Rutgers, Rodriguez uses her experiences to understand and support TRiO participants who are working towards a bachelor’s degree. Her mission is to provide exemplary service, address the needs and questions of students, and maximize their college experiences by connecting them to the most appropriate resources that will set them up for success at Rutgers University and beyond. Notable accomplishments include coordination of “LINK UP”, a peer mentoring program for new students, and the establishment of B1GS, a newly formed student centered organization that Bridges 1st Generation College Students on campus. In addition, she contributed to writing a successful TRiO grant which secured $1.1 million dollars to support TRiO SSS over a 5 year period.
Ana Rodriguez received a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education, Culture, and Society at Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
Amber Davis - Student Counselor
Before becoming the Student Counselor for TRiO SSS, Amber Davis interned as the TRiO Peer Mentor Coordinator. In this role, Amber Davis trained, recruited, and supervised Peer Mentors for TRiO LINK UP Mentor Program. She developed, coordinated, and implemented events for Peer Mentors and mentees that focused on building interpersonal relationships among TRiO SSS students. She also, successfully mentored TRiO SSS students and provided individual, professional and academic support with the goal of having them persist to the next academic semester. She is familiar with Rutgers Camden’s resources and opportunities working as a Graduate Assistant Ambassador Leader for the Rutgers-Camden Admissions office and is happy to share information with other students to see them get involved on campus.
Some endeavors that Amber Davis has completed within the TRiO SSS program are coordinating the TRiO first “Mentor and Me Event”, which allowed TRiO SSS students to bond over food, music, and games, TRiO’s first Day of Service Event at the Neighborhood Center in Camden, where TRiO students served the Camden community preparing baby items for mothers and cleaning up the center’s kitchen, and coordinating the TRiO first Award Ceremony, where TRiO SSS students were recognized for their academic accomplishments.
As a first generation student and former TRiO SSS participant, Amber Davis strives to empower other college students. She is passionate about serving students from underserved backgrounds in hopes that they will graduate and fulfill their dreams.
Ms. Davis obtained her bachelors in Social Work with a minor in Psychology and masters in Social worker from Rutgers University.