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Jackasha-Janaee Wiley is senior director for Pre-College Initiatives and College Success, responsible for overseeing the Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math-Science pre-college programs as well as Thrive Student Support Services. Ms. Wiley works with community and district partners to increase educational opportunity and outreach initiatives to strengthen the college-going pipeline. She also works with partners across Rutgers University-New Brunswick to improve student transition to college, promote persistence and retention, enable timely graduation, and post-baccalaureate success. Ms. Wiley is a past President for the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, a regional education equity advocate association for New Jersey and New York TRIO programs, and serves on the Board of Directors for Council for Opportunity in Education.

Message to Upward Bound Students

Welcome to Upward Bound and Upward Bound-Math Science Pre-College Programs at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. In June 2015, I was appointed the Director of Upward Bound and Pre-College Initiatives. As a three-time TRiO participant, and most importantly a Rutgers Upward Bound alum, I am extremely honored and enthused to take a leadership role with Upward Bound as we approach 52 years here at Rutgers. Since taking on this role, our staff has worked tirelessly to increase program retention, awareness and visibility within our community and our schools, overall student commitment, post-secondary aspirations and enrollment.

The RUB/UBMS team works with students, families, school districts and the university, to not only prepare students to attend the college/university of their choice, but also instill lifelong memories through a transformative academic, social and cultural experience. We aim to aid and provide our students with the necessary skills to become college graduates and future leaders of tomorrow.

This is an exciting time to be a part of the TRiO/Upward Bound community, in any capacity, during this transformative experience to improve student access and educational equity. If you are ever on Livingston campus, and would like to learn more about what we do and the students we serve, we would love for you to stop by!

Jackasha Wiley