Dr. Melanie Ragin
Professor & Project Director
Melanie previously served as Director, Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Director/Faculty of the Public Health program Fort Valley State University, also serving as a Research Fellow at Cornell University in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. In addition to serving as Director of the McNair Scholar's program she also teaches in the Biology department at Binghamton University. Earning her PhD in Pathobiology at Penn State University, she has a commitment to research, teaching, mentoring and creating opportunities through scholarship, for all students, especially those that are first-generation, low income and historically under-served/underrepresented.
One of her favorite quotes is "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible" - Frank Gaines.
In her previous position, Ivy served as a Student Success Coach at St. Louis University where she assessed, counseled and connected students struggling academically, socially, and/or financially to various resources on campus. As a graduate of BU, Ivy earned a BS in Human Development and an MS in Student Affairs Administration and is currently a member of American College Personnel. As a Teach for America Alumnus, Ivy has continuously been committed to educating and empowering underrepresented/underserved, first-generation and low-income students to ensure they are afforded equal opportunities for optimal success.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" –James Baldwin