The Wave of Support initiative is a cross-divisional partnership that collaborates with students, faculty, and staff across campus. Have questions about Wave of Support? Want to get involved? Contact one of the staff members listed below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Samantha Bruce (she/her/hers/herself)
Program Manager, Wave of Support
Contact Sam about: Wave of Support Programming, Active Minds, Campus Collaborations and Partnerships, Wave of Support Leadership Academy, General Wave of Support Questions, and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training
Education: B.S. in Psychology, Loyola University (2013) MSW, Louisiana State University
Biography: Sam grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New Orleans in 2009 to begin her studies at Loyola University, where she majored in Psychology. After graduation in 2013, Sam worked as a teacher at an Uptown charter school where she discovered her passion for helping students thrive both academically and personally. She decided to pursue a master’s degree in social work at Louisiana State University, which introduced her to a variety of approaches to support individuals hoping to make positive life changes. Sam’s experience working as a Mental Health Professional for a local, grassroots agency provided her an opportunity to work one-on-one with individuals to help them develop short-term and long-term goals, carefully map out specific objectives, and hold them accountable to make lasting changes. Professionally, Sam’s greatest satisfaction is to cultivate progress and celebrate the success of others.
As the Program Manager for Wave of Support, Sam hopes to utilize the strengths perspective to assist students with highlighting their natural abilities, discovering their untapped skills, and reframing their challenges to develop a better understanding of themselves as a student and as an individual. She recognizes that each student’s path to success is unique and she upholds an individualized and adaptive approach to coaching. As a New Orleans transplant, Sam understands the value of new experiences and the importance of getting connected to the best resources. She hopes to encourage students to take full advantage of learning opportunities all while maintaining a sense of balance and joy during their time at Tulane.
Rachel Weber (she/her/hers/herself)
Program Manager, Mentor Institute
Contact Rachel about: Mentor Institute, Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training, Wave of Support Leadership Academy, the Red Folder
Education: B.A. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University (2014), M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, New York University (2016)
Biography: Originally from Dallas, Texas, Rachel received her Bachelor's degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. She then completed her Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University while working in the NYU LGBTQ+ Student Center. Rachel's higher education background includes housing and residence life, leadership, orientation, and LGBTQ student services.
Rachel came to Tulane University in 2016 and has served as the Resident Director for Josephine Louise Residence Hall and the Assistant Director for New Student and Leadership Programs. Her work on campus has focused on first-year and transfer experiences, leadership initiatives, and community building. She is thrilled to join the Wave of Support team and support mentorship initiatives across campus.
Hannah Herrera (she/they)
Wellness Support Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life
Contact Hannah about: Peer Wellness Representatives
Education: B.S. in Psychology, Tulane University (2023) B.S. in Health & Wellness, Tulane University (2023)
Biography:Born and raised in Chicago, Hannah is a Tulane University undergraduate alum who studied Psychology and Health & Wellness. During this time, Hannah served as a Wave Advisor for the Center for Academic Equity’s ConnecTU Summer Experience, and Resident Advisor for Housing and Residence Life. As a first-generation college student and person with various underrepresented identities, Hannah hopes to help foster an accepting and nurturing environment that supports and guides all students to become their most successful selves.
Liza Cisneros (she/her/hers)
Undergraduate Intern, Wave of Support
Liza is currently a Junior majoring in International Relations and Homeland Security. In addition to being a Wave of Support Intern, she is a Peer Advisor, Newcomb Peer Mentor, and part of the executive board for Tulane for UNICEF. Liza decided to become a Wave of Support Intern because she understands the challenges that students can face during their college journey. It can often be tough when it feels like you have no support, and that’s why Liza is committed to helping plan projects or events across across campus that promote the 8 dimensions of wellness. These events are designed to make students aware of the available resources, creating a supportive and nurturing environment for everyone at Tulane.
Charlotte Gordon (she/her/hers)
Undergraduate Intern, Wave of Support
Charlotte is a Junior from outside of Philadelphia pursuing a double major in Psychology and Sociology while minoring in SISE and SLAM. On campus, she actively participates in Sigma Delta Tau and Psi Chi, and has previously had a role as a Wave Leader. Charlotte has contributed significantly through internships with NAMI Atlantic Cape May County and Eden House Nola, showcasing her unwavering dedication to mental health advocacy and holistic well-being.
Jack Granger (he/him/his)
Undergraduate Intern, Mentor Institute
Jack is a senior from New Iberia, Louisiana studying Neuroscience with minors in Sociology and French. Outside of Wave of Support, he is involved with Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline & Education (SAPHE) and has previously been heavily involved with New Student Orientation in the roles of Wave Leader and member of the Board of Directors (BODs). He is passionate about ensuring that Tulane students are aware of the resources available to them based on what kinds of support they need.