Jane oversees all aspects of programs and services that focus on access, retention and post-graduation success for underrepresented, underserved, and first-generation student populations. She has a PhD in Higher Education Administration and Policy Studies with minors in African Studies and Women & Gender Studies; a Masters in Higher Education Administration both from the University of Kansas (KU) and a Bachelors in Education with majors in KiSwahili, Philosophy and Religious Studies from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. For almost 30 years, Jane has dedicated herself to the field of education. Before joining the University of Oregon, she was the Associate Director of the Kansas African Studies Center, a National Resource Center under Title VI. She also worked as a Program Director in the Office of International Programs at the University of Kansas (KU); Outreach Coordinator, and a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at KU. In her homeland of Kenya, Jane worked as a high school teacher, examiner with the Kenya National Examinations Council and eventually a high school principal. She migrated to the US for further studies in 1997. Jane has been active in program development and research on student engagement and success. She has made presentations at NAFSA, NASPA, and NACADA. In 2011 she published her research on "International students' engagement in research universities." Most recently she published a book chapter on "African students in US: Opportunities and Challenges." Additionally, Jane is multi-lingual; a certified Swahili instructor. She has taught the language as a native, and foreign language in Kenya and the US respectively. She has worked with several schools and organizations in curriculum design, translation and interpretation. Beyond her passion for college student success and advocacy, Jane is an avid college sports fan (football & basketball). Other hobbies include knitting, sewing and reviewing children's books.